Equipo Verde Huatulco Has Big Plans For Turning This Oasis Into A Carbon Free Zone
This ambitious project belongs to the Equipo Verde Huatulco and its main goal is to contribute to the mitigation of global warming by neutralizing emissions of all economic activities of this tourist destination. They also hope to strengthen the sustainability of the tourism community through local programs that guarantee a better quality of life for the population of the region.
Huatulco’s Environmental Footprint
In 2010, the Huatulco Green Team joined forces with Australian environment specialist company Green My Room, and – with the support of FONATUR and the private sector – sponsored the calculation of the environmental footprint of the Bays of Huatulco. This calculation is used to determine the carbon emissions released yearly into the atmosphere as a result of all the tourist, travel, economic and complementary activities. Some of the noteworthy results are that 100% of Huatulco’s electricity is clean, coming from the nearby wind electricity plant La Ventosa.
This clean electricity along with the low levels of fossil energy used, places the energy emissions indicator at 61% above best practice; waste generation at less than 500gr daily per capita which is well below the national and global average, and weighs in at 7% above best practice.
As part of the first phase of the Carbon Neutral Program, and with the support of Green My Room, an agreement has been signed regarding a voluntary green bonds program with the United Nations, with which the reforestation and conservation of Scolel Te in Chiapas, Mexico, will be supported.
The short-term goal for the Huatulco Carbon Neutral program is to obtain the “Low Carbon Zone” designation by Green My Room, and the long-term goal is the final designation of “Carbon Free Zone”
Guest post by Lorenzo Alfaro Ocampo
Lorenzo Alfaro Ocampo
EQUIPO VERDE HUATULCO, A.C.