SUSTAINABLE MACHU PICCHU PROJECT WINS L+1 PRIZE
In accordance with their commitment to the Biodiversity and Business agreement signed during the United Nations Biological Diversity Convention (COP 20), the Inkaterra Association and AJE Group have formed a strategic alliance to spearhead diverse initiatives focused on sustainability, with the ultimate goal of benefiting and caring for Machu Picchu’s cultural and natural preservation.
One of these projects was the donation of trash-compacting machines used to process the 14 tones of plastic waste accumulated at the sight on a daily basis, which are then transported to a recycling plant in Cusco. Machu Picchu was declared by UNESCO as an ‘at risk’ World Heritage Site in 2016, and thus this project has been a crucial step in solving the crisis surrounding proper waste management in the Inca citadel.
In addition, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel has established a biodiesel production plant in order to properly process used vegetable oil that would otherwise make its way into the neighboring Vilcanota River.
According to studies, one liter of burnt oil contaminates one thousand liters of water. With this in mind, Inkaterra promotes the donation of used oil from the homes, hotels, and restaurants in the Machu Picchu Pueblo. Local biodiesel production reduces the use of fossil fuels and the carbon footprint produced by the transport of fuels from Lima to Machu Picchu – a distance of approximately 1150km.