Great news for the people of Cusco and the whole of Peru is the world certification of Neutral Carbon towards our wonder Machu Picchu.
The news was recently published in the El Peruano newspaper where they indicate that this September 2, 2021 will be a commemorative date for the district of Machu Picchu, the city of Cusco and the entire Peru. On that day, the municipality will receive the Carbon neutral certificate, which recognizes the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu as the first carbon neutral tourist destination in the world.
This recognition is due to the actions taken as a result of a waste management crisis in Machu Picchu, for which in 2016 UNESCO evaluated the inclusion of the Inca citadel in the list of World Heritage at Risk and actions were taken such as the installation of the only organic waste treatment plant that exists in the country, a pyrolysis plant, which transforms garbage into natural coal (biochar).
This commitment seeks to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, and achieve net zero emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2050, in accordance with the guidelines of the Paris Agreement.
In addition, the prestigious international travel publication Lonely Planet highlighted that the Machu Picchu Carbon Neutral initiative, which seeks to make the Inca citadel the first tourist destination in Peru and the world to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions, was one of the 10 best news of 2020, in which tourism has been one of the sectors most affected by the covid-19 pandemic.
With these certifications and the achievements that Machu Picchu is obtaining, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, it is expected to have a greater tourist reactivation.