Future prosperity is in green technologies

In times of economic crisis, the shift to a low-carbon economy is the smartest investment any country can make.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Achim Steiner, the eloquent executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), believes that Mexico could take a leadership role in the new "green" economy.
"UNEP wants to document new and creative efforts towards creating a prosperous green economy," said Steiner.

Brazil and Costa Rica are among the leaders making the transition. We need an entirely different economy in the future to prevent dangerous climate change. It's crucial for countries to help each other so we can move forward at a far greater pace.

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Certification for Sustainable Buildings Launched

May 2012

With the name ‘Requirements for Sustainable Buildings in the Tropics in Costa Rica’ a guide the construction of environmentally friendly buildings has been presented.

Named ‘Requisitos para Edificios Sostenibles en El Trópico ‘ in Spanish, or RESET, the certification is the first of its kind to be created in the country, and was presented on Wednesday during a conference on green architecture and sustainable buildings.

IDB approves green facility for Banco General of Panama

November 2009

A $20 million non-sovereign guaranteed loan from the IDB will support Banco General, in growing a portfolio of green projects.

The facility will support investments involving energy efficiency, renewable energy, water and wastewater treatment, waste management and other carbon-mitigating projects.

Trade and Environment

June 2009

WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change.

The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade and Climate Change” published today examines the intersections between trade and climate change from four perspectives: the science of climate change; economics; multilateral efforts to tackle climate change; and national climate change policies and their effect on trade.

Sardimar: $7 Million in Treatment Plant

March 2009

The Costa Rican fish and seafood cannery built a plant to purify the water it uses in its production process.

Sardimar, which consumes 1600 cubic meters of water, made the decision to invest in green technology in response to the characteristics of many American and European customers who, when buying products, take into account whether they are made with environmentally friendly processes.

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