Minaet promotes changing buses and taxis to lower pollution

The Government intends to offer more favorable financing terms for owners of taxis and buses to change their old units with less polluting vehicles.

This is one of the government strategies to make Costa Rica carbon neutral in 2021.

Being carbon neutral means that the country can confront its emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) with equal amounts of oxygen and, thus, contribute to not increase the greenhouse effect or climate change.

René Castro, Minister of Environment, said yesterday that if the drivers change their hybrid unit (electricity and fuel) could get a 100% exemption from taxes.

In addition, the chief said he has conversations with developers of hybrid vehicles in China, Korea and Japan to seek preferential purchase prices.

This means that the intermediary of the brand in Costa Rica can get the units at a price even lower.

Finally, Castro said that intends to apply the same strategy in these countries, but to import buses more environmentally friendly, or to work in the conversion of buses from diesel buses powered by non-fossil fuels (biodiesel, for example).

The minister did not refer to any particular company or when carriers could begin to renew the fleet.

The truth is that the purchase of environmentally friendly vehicles will be a requirement for taxi drivers and bus drivers can renew their concessions in the Public Transport Council (PTC).

All this proposal was presented yesterday, after a series of presentations on the progress of the country to become carbon neutral.

According to data released by Marianella Feoli, Fundecooperación executive director, in 2021 the country will release 21.7 million tons of carbon dioxide.

However, thanks to the carbon fixing forest and agroforestry systems, the country would be able to hold up to 15.9 million tonnes of CO2 in that year.