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Costa Rica closes 2015 with 99% renewable energy

Costa Rica has boasted that almost all of the energy it has produced in 2015 came from renewable sources, making the small Central America country a global leader in green energy.

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) announced that the country achieved “99 percent renewable electricity generation” this year, running 100% renewable in 285 days so far. The bulk of the electricity came from hydroelectric plants, taking advantage of the country’s climate and abundant rain, complemented by geothermal, wind, solar and biomass.

The path away from oil, gas and coal is seen as a model, especially for countries in the area, with a similar climate. Costa Rica’s electricity division chief, Luis Pacheco, boasted: “We are closing 2015 with renewable electricity milestones that have put us in the global spotlight.”

Only a handful of countries can aim for over 90% renewable energy within the decade, but others can definitely learn the lessons from Costa Rica. Electricity prices have dropped to 14% and the country’s strong commitment to environmentalism can only mean things will get better. Furthermore, what the developed countries may lack in terms of natural resources and climate, they more than make up in other aspects – most notably technology, infrastructure, and funding.

Green Motion Costa Rica are proud to run an eco-friendly, low emission car rental fleet. Also abiding by its own all embracing environmental policy, ensuring their effects on the planet are kept to a minimum.

Green Motion International offers its car hire throughout the world with our brand currently being present in over 20 countries, meaning you can enjoy our low emission car hire service in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada (Toronto), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Serbia, St Maartens, United States (Miami, Orlando) and the United Kingdom (London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Stansted) with further locations opening worldwide in the very near future.

For more information on how you can help with keeping the planet green, visit greenmotion.com.