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Six Senses Global Vision Award for Speaking up about Sustainability

Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Awards spotlight 30 individuals, companies and organizations making meaningful strides in responsible travel and sustainable living. In addition to thought leadership, these changemakers are also proactively protecting communities and environments and inspiring their industry colleagues and travelers to do their part.

Costa Rica has launched a carbon footprint calculator

Costa Rica has launched a carbon footprint calculator, the first of its kind, which encourages tourists to offset their emissions from air and land travel. Developed by the National Forest Financing Fund (Fonafifo) with the support of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), Costa Rica’s carbon footprint calculator will aid the country’s sustainable tourism efforts and strengthen forest conservation. Costa Rica is home to more than 6% of the world’s known biodiversity and has 54% forest cover, being the only Central American country that has grown its forests in this century.

According to calculations made based on the ICT’s 2018 visitation data, if only 10% of the tourist emissions calculated were offset (476,541), an annual benefit of $3,574,063 would be achieved. This could fund the planting of more than 1.5 million trees, or support agroforestry systems in some 34,500+ acres. The operationalization of the program will be carried out by the ICT and Fonafifo, an organization responsible for recovering more than 3 million acres of Costa Rica land between 1997 and 2019.

How it Works
Travellers can click this link to access the calculator and quantify their carbon emissions.

  • Step 1 – Use the orange tabs to calculate the emissions on a variety of trip modes: international or domestic flights, land transportation and gas consumption, and A/C and electric consumption.
  • Step 2 – Enter the data and click ‘Add’ (Agregar) to find out how much CO2 is generated from each trip. To move to the next step, click ‘Results’ (Resultados).
  • Step 3 – Click ‘Compensate’ (Compensar) to find out a US dollar amount needed to offset the calculated emissions. Next is an option to donate via debit or credit card to the Payment of Environmental Services Program (PSA), which is responsible for funding programs to plant trees, the protection of hydrographic basis, agroforestry systems and more, in Costa Rica.

For more information on Costa Rica’s carbon footprint calculator, see the Costa Rican Tourism Institute’s announcement press release attached and infographics here. Please let me know if you have any questions and/or are interested in speaking with an ICT or Fonafifo representative.

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