discuss ideas for a sustainable energy portfolio where you live.
Purpose：The goal of this assignment is to analyze the case study of sustainable energy in Costa Rica and discuss ideas for a sustainable energy portfolio where you live.
Discussion Instructions: For this week’s discussion, answer the following three questions and reference course material. You may post in writing, in video, and/or with a mind map.
-Drawing from across this week’s material, what do you see as our greatest challenges to achieving sustainability in the mineral and energy fields and why? Please provide specific examples from the material.
-Analyze Costa Rica’s plan for eliminating fossil fuel use by 2050. What are the key strategies and the key challenges? Could these ideas be implemented elsewhere – why or why not?
-Based on your understanding of the material, what do you think might make a good combination of energy sources for the state where you live and why?
1. Geopolitics of Petroleum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMQUGSrnbP8
2. Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.undp.org/publications/mapping-mining-sdgs-atlas
3. Case Study – Costa Rica: In 2019, 99.62% of Costa Rica’s electricity came from renewable energy sources. The majority came from hydropower, but about 10% came from wind, and another 10% from geothermal heat. Despite their success in renewable electricity, the country still uses a majority fossil fuels for transportation and other energy needs. Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada committed to eliminating all fossil fuels in the country by 2050. Let’s analyze how they plan to do this.
a. Read this Wired story Costa Rica’s Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World: https://www.wired.com/story/costa-rica-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050/
b. Review this Policy Roadmap: https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/wfc_costarica-100-re-roadmap_FINAL1.pdf
for how Costa Rica will achieve their goal. This roadmap is the result of a partnership between a German and a Costa Rican NGO.
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Discipline: SUSTAINABILITY COMMON GOOD(Geography)