06 Sep

Machu Picchu: The First Carbon Neutral Wonder of the World

The Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu was recognised as a carbon neutral destination, reports the governmental site.

This achievement was reached by virtue of the articulated work between the local civil society and the public and private sectors, having as main axis the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of this area of the country.

During the ceremony, the Vice-Minister of Environmental Management of the Ministry of the Environment (Minam), Mariano Castro, said that the certification granted to the Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu is “a great step and we should be proud”, since we are “a great example for Peru and the world”.

He also warned that we are in a situation of environmental climate crisis, which is why every citizen’s action and “our relationship with nature counts”. At another point in his speech, he stressed that environmental efforts are important, because “we must achieve our national and local goals of being carbon neutral economies”.

For his part, the head of the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (Sernanp), Pedro Gamboa, stressed that the Machupicchu Historic Sanctuary is a source of pride for Peru, but that pride also brings with it a commitment to conservation in which the State, the private sector and the public must work together.

To obtain this international certification, Machupicchu has managed to mitigate its carbon footprint, offering its visitors a climate-responsible experience in accordance with the great challenges of caring for the planet.

To this end, since 2016, it has been working towards decarbonisation with the implementation of organic and plastic waste treatment plants and promoting protocols for the reduction of waste generation. This is in addition to the “One Million Trees for Machupicchu” initiative, led by Sernanp.

In this way, the aim is to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, and to achieve net zero emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2050, in order to contribute to the national commitment made in the Paris Agreement.

The event was also attended by Luciana Visnevski, Director of Institutional Relations of Green Initiative, the certifying entity; the district mayor of Machupicchu, Darwin Baca and the head of the Machupicchu Historic Sanctuary, Ernesto Escalante. The event was also attended by representatives of the AJE Group and Inkaterra, Jorge López and José Koechlin, respectively, as well as regional and municipal officials and civil society. Source: gob.pe
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