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Costa Rica turns to pineapple and coffee residues for clean energy

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The Costa Rican government, with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and other organisations, is seeking to formulate a National Biogas Strategy - utilising pineapple and coffee residues, to transform its energy matrix.
The strategy would chart the way for the development, use and transportation of clean energy and fuels from biogas, especially from wastewater treatment, everyday solid waste treatment, agricultural and agro-industrial waste.
The project was launched on 2 July in the presence of the Vice President of Costa Rica, Stephan Brunner; the Director General of IICA, Manuel Otero; the Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program, Kifah Sasa; the Director General of Transportation of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, Alberto Antillón; and the President of the Costa Rican Biogas Association, Juan Pablo Rojas.
"Costa Rica has the technological capacity for the production of biofuels. The alliance between the private sector and the government, with the support of an institution such as IICA, gives us the opportunity to start on the road to decarbonising our heavy transportation and the possibility of exporting this type of green energy to other countries," said Brunner.









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