Culture ministry calculates carbon dioxide emissions

The local operations of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud produced 2,491 tons of carbon dioxide from October 2009 to this September, the ministry said Tuesday.

The estimate includes the Casa del Artista, the Museo de Arte Costarricense, the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, the Museo Histórico Dr. Rafael Calderón Guardia, the Centro Nacional de la Música, the Coro Sinfónico Nacional, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical, the Teatro Nacional and the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar.

Manuel Obregón, the minister, said that his agency was in accord with the government plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2021. The carbon dioxide inventory is among the first steps.

The inventory was financed by the Fundación Bandera Ecológica and the U.S. State Department via the free trade treaty between the United States and Central America, the ministry said.

The inventory involved direct consumption such as fossil fuel use and indirect consumption, such as electric use, said the ministry.

The ministry concluded that some 71 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions came from the use of facilities and that 22 percent came from transportation of individuals to and from the various events.

The ministry will devise a plan to balance the emissions, such as changing illumination, it said. Initially it will seek to cut emissions 30 percent, it added.

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