The government of Costa Rica has committed to become carbon neutral until 2030. As of today, transport produces more than 44% of the current greenhouse gas emissions and 68% of the energy-related GHG emissions. Currently emissions are increasing due to the rapid growth of the vehicle fleet in the country with around 5% per year, and the long life of the vehicles with an average lifespan of 16 years. At the same time, the quality of public transport as well as of infrastructure for walking and cycling is in need of improvement. To achieve a sustainable, low-carbon transport system, significant efforts are required. Given the energy mix of Costa Rica with 99.5% of electricity coming from renewable sources, the promotion of electric mobility in public and private transport is key to achieve the national targets.
GIZ supports the government of Costa Rica in the sustainable transition to climate-friendly transport and thus in achieving its NDCs. The strategy of the MiTransporte project is to improve the legal and institutional framework for implementing the national transport and climate agenda. In cooperation with various actors, the project supports replicable and scalable measures on sustainable urban mobility and energy efficiency in the sector.