Independent: Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world's first decarbonised society. New president embraces 'titanic and beautiful task' of complete renewable energy transition
Costa Rica’s new president has announced a plan to ban fossil fuels and become the first fully decarbonised country in the world.
Carlos Alvarado, a 38-year-old former journalist, made the announcement to a crowd of thousands during his inauguration on Wednesday.
"Decarbonisation is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first," Mr Alvarado said.
"We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies.”
Symbolically, the president arrived at the ceremony in San Jose aboard a hydrogen-fuelled bus.
Last month, Mr Alvarado said the Central American country would begin to implement a plan to end fossil fuel use in transport by 2021 – the 200th year of Costa Rican independence.
"When we reach 200 years of independent life we will take Costa Rica forward and celebrate ... that we've removed gasoline and diesel from our transportation,” he promised during a victory speech.