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It was sunny and with an ideal temperature. Like propitiating a day of particular joy. And it is that this September 2, the sacred city of the Incas became the first Wonder of the world to obtain the Carbon Neutral certification.

In the middle of a party and formal acts held in the middle of the main square of town, Green Initiative delivered the Carbon Neutral destination certification, a condition that is granted by removing the same amount of CO2 from the atmosphere that has been emitted.

From now on, Peru will be able to exhibit this achievement that will allow us to once again focus world attention on our greatest tourist attraction, in addition to attracting a type of visitors who value efforts to combat pollution, create a culture of recycling and reduce the footprint of carbon.

Machu Picchu: the first world wonder that recycles all its waste.  PHOTO: Luis Miranda.
Machu Picchu: the first world wonder that recycles all its waste. PHOTO: Luis Miranda.
Machu Picchu: the first world wonder that recycles all its waste.  PHOTO: Luis Miranda.
Machu Picchu: the first world wonder that recycles all its waste. PHOTO: Luis Miranda.
Internal tourism.  (Photo: GEC)
Internal tourism. (Photo: GEC)

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This is the result of the work carried out by the strategic alliance between two private companies, the AJE Group and the Inkaterra hotel chain, in conjunction with the Municipality of Machu Picchu and the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (Sernanp). Since 2016 they have been implementing a series of measures to promote the mitigation of the carbon footprint.

“We are facing the new Natural Revolution, a collaborative era. This is not only an example of environmental management, it is also an example of the new management for the world; how we all have to unite to achieve this milestone, which is to be the first Carbon Neutral wonder ”, indicated Jorge López-Dóriga, global director of Communications and Sustainability of the AJE Group.

One of the most important actions was the implementation of two Plastic Waste Compactors for Machu Picchu Pueblo and the Inca Trail, each with the capacity to process 7 tons of PET waste per day. This donation was followed by the implementation of the Biodiesel Plant, which prevents the arrival of 1,000 gallons of vegetable oil waste into the Vilcanota River. This gave rise to job opportunities in the production of eco-friendly fuel and chemical-free glycerin.

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Other initiatives implemented for environmental care by strategic partners are the Organic Waste Pyrolyzer: It processes organic waste at high temperatures to obtain bio-carbon and prevents the emission of Greenhouse Gases (Methane and Carbon Dioxide). The biochar generated is used by the community as fertilizer and by Sernanp in their reforestation tasks at the sanctuary. Finally, the Glass Crusher, which produces sand from crushed glass, which will mitigate the extraction of sand from the banks of the Vilcanota River in order to reduce the erosion that endangers the integrity of Machu Picchu Pueblo.

“We have worked in the integral management of solid waste, being the first district to carry out glass management, the recovery of organic waste through the pyrolization process, the compaction of PET containers; and the management of used oils ”pointed out the mayor of Machu Picchu Darwin Baca.

The delivery of the Carbon Neutral Certification seeks to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, and achieve net zero emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2050, according to the guidelines of the Paris Agreement.

An undated photograph of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu at 2,350 meters above sea level in the heart of the Urubamba valley in southern Peru, 510 kilometers south of Lima, as seen during early recovery works in the 1920's. Machu Picchu, unknown to the Spanish conquerors and now visited yearly by up to 250,000 people, was voted one of the wonders of the world in 2007. It was discovered and made famous a century ago by American adventurer archaeologist Hiram Bingham who shipped to Yale University hundreds of artifacts for their study, of which a first batch was returned in April 2011 in reaction to a series of claims made by the Peruvian government. Peru celebrates next July 7th the centennial anniversary of his scientific discovery. AFP PHOTO
An undated photograph of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu at 2,350 meters above sea level in the heart of the Urubamba valley in southern Peru, 510 kilometers south of Lima, as seen during early recovery works in the 1920’s. Machu Picchu, unknown to the Spanish conquerors and now visited yearly by up to 250,000 people, was voted one of the wonders of the world in 2007. It was discovered and made famous a century ago by American adventurer archaeologist Hiram Bingham who shipped to Yale University hundreds of artifacts for their study, of which a first batch was returned in April 2011 in reaction to a series of claims made by the Peruvian government. Peru celebrates next July 7th the centennial anniversary of his scientific discovery. AFP PHOTO

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