Machu Picchu at the forefront in the fight for climate change
After reopening to the public after the mandatory closure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now getting ready to become the world's first carbon-neutral tourist destination
It is an important environmental certification granted by the global organization Green Initiative, which will place the historic sanctuary as a world leader committed to actions against climate change.
According to Marisol Acosta, Director of Tourism at PROMPERÚ, this project called 'Machu Picchu Carbon Neutral' is a coordinated work between the public and private sectors to achieve the objective. "This initiative will allow to promote a new offer of sustainable products and experiences that will also be in high demand by travelers after the pandemic," said the official.
This would be achieved in two ways: one is by buying carbon offsets from countries that have emitted less greenhouse gases than their quota; the other is compensating with actions that capture the emission generated by the planting of trees or the reuse of solid waste. "A process that will take around five months to start and then, through the carbon credits, compensation will be carried out, which will allow obtaining the certificate of neutrality", says Renzo Paino, representative of the Green Initiative.
Since 2017, the Municipality of Machu Picchu implemented, together with the private company, a series of measures to promote the mitigation of the carbon footprint. The aim is to reduce the impact of human activity on the environment and, in this way, gradually and responsibly reactivate tourism.
Machu Picchu reopened its doors to tourism on November 1 with 30% of its capacity available, with free visits as part of the first phase of the reactivation. It is estimated that for the next two years, about a million and a half tourists from Peru and the world will visit this wonder of the modern world.