The Site of Machu Picchu is Set to Become Carbon Neutral by 2050

Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the modern world and an incredible archaeological delight. Recently, it was decided that the site would become carbon neutral by 2050. The efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the historic site will start now and progressively cut down the emissions to 45 percent by 2030. The famous tourist location in Peru is open for visitors once again, and the efforts towards reducing its carbon emotions will follow the Paris climate agreement guidelines.

Machu Picchu Is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Machu Picchu, Peru Back in 1983, Machu Picchu was declared one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. In addition to being a historic site, the place is a natural habitat for important species, including the Andean bear, some unique orchids, and endemic birds. With so much to keep and preserve there, it was decided that more measures have to be taken.

The latest initiative combines public and private investment and aims to engage in activities that will have a positive impact on the environment surrounding Machu Picchu. In addition to reducing the carbon footprint of the area, people hope to also expand organic waste treatment and reduce the use of plastic. Tourists will even be encouraged to check their carbon emissions when visiting the site.

Nearly Five Percent of Peru’s Carbon Emissions Come from Tourism

Tourists at the Rainbow Mountain in Peru A report of the UN’s World Tourism Organization shows that almost five percent of the overall carbon emissions in Peru come from tourism. The Peruvian government has started a new initiative to address the potential problems tourism and overcrowding can cause to its environment and priceless heritage sites such as Machu Picchu. The country is also pushing towards sustainable development and taking direct action to combat climate change.

Peru will reduce its carbon emissions on three levels. First, it will focus on destinations that can benefit from becoming carbon neutral, then it will pay attention to certain enterprises and corporate activities that affect the climate, and third, it will show tourists how to travel better and reduce their own carbon footprint.