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Costa Rica, The First Country Running Only On Renewable Energy, Will Take Part In EXPO-2017

Costa Rica, the first country running only on renewable energy, will take part in EXPO-2017

On 29 August 2016, in Astana during the international conference “Building Nuclear Weapon Free World”, Rapil Zhoshybayev, the Commissioner of EXPO-2017, met with the Costa Rican delegation headed Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz.

During the meeting, the Costa Rican Foreign Minister said that the government of Costa Rica had made a decision on participating in Astana’s exhibition.

Thus, Costa Rica became the 98th country that officially confirmed its participation in EXPO-2017. Besides, 17 international organizations have confirmed their participation by today.

According to the Minister, in 2015, 97% of electricity used in Costa Rica was produced from alternative sources of energy. This figure is the highest in the world. According to the National Center of Energy Control, 65.62% of electricity is generated by hydroelectric plants, 15.60% by windmills, 13.70% by geothermal generators, 2.2% from biomass, and 0.02% is solar energy. In March this year, Costa Rica has conducted an environmental experiment, which was full transition to renewable energy sources for a 75-day period. As a result, Costa Rica is the first country in the world, which was able to run on 100% of renewable energy.

In turn, R. Zhoshybayev, the Exhibition commissioner, noted that EXPO-2017 will be a good platform for developing cooperation in the field of alternative energy and the participation of Costa Rica will make a significant contribution to the success of the Exhibition.

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