Machu Picchu is the first worldwide site to be certified as carbon neutral. The Historical and Natural Sanctuary of Machu Picchu received accreditation from the Green Initiative, an organization dedicated to promoting green and ecologically responsible travel. Machu Picchu was positioned as a worldwide sustainability reference by the Green Initiative.
According to the certification, the Inca citadel aims to significantly decrease carbon dioxide emissions to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
This renowned tourist destination used a variety of ways to get this accreditation. Among other things, Machu Picchu received approval for constructing Peru’s first organic waste treatment plant, which converts trash into natural coal, and an oil transformation facility that generates biodiesel and glycerin from vegetable oils dumped by residents and restaurants.
Aside from that, the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP) will lead a forestry project to plant one million trees in the area to help combat climate change.
Another way to offset the effects of these emissions is to buy carbon credits, which incentivize companies to discover ways to decrease their emissions, reduce the number of credits purchased over time. According to sources, the UN’s Climate Change model will supervise this system.