One of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is aiming to become a carbon-neutral site and the government is making efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 45% by 2030. The goal right now is to reduce 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
The famous tourist site in Peru has opened up to tourists last November and is following to set up a carbon neutral in accordance with climate agreement guidelines of Paris.
The famous attraction of Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and it happens to be the habitat of many species such as Andean bear, apart from orchids, and endemic birds.
With the carbon negative footprint, the initiative will be joint co-operation with both public and private sectors which together will involve activities that would have a positive impact on the environment. Amongst many such activities, reducing the use of plastic and expanding organic waste treatment plans are concentrated the most.
With this initiative, Tourists will be encouraged to check their carbon footprint when they visit the site.
According to the World Tourism Organization, almost 5% of the total carbon emission of Peru comes from tourism and with this green initiative, the country is moving towards sustainable development.
There are three levels of action when it comes to the reduction of carbon emissions. The first talks about the destination, and how it is committed to being carbon neutral. The second is of enterprises, involving corporates and so on. The third deals with tourists who can help by traveling better.
With this, the government is encouraging tourists to reduce carbon footprints as much as possible to preserve the environment and one of the seven wonders of the world.