Intercruises offsets carbon emissions in the Amazon

We are pleased to announce that Intercruises has recently successfully offset over 263 tons of CO2 emissions, in collaboration with the Madre de Dios Amazon conservation project in Peru. 

This result has been achieved in accordance with the VCS methodology – one of the world’s most widely used voluntary GHG programs by individuals and corporations. By using the carbon markets, entities can neutralize, or offset, their emissions by retiring carbon credits generated by projects that are reducing GHG emissions elsewhere. 

The Madre de Dios project was born as a response to the construction of the interoceanic road from Brazil to Peru, very close to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu. The highway raised much concern from many NGOs, who feared for the potential environmental and social impact, both on the area and the local communities. 

In addition to providing a carbon reduction goal of 25,072,135 tons of CO2 saved over a 38-year period, the project has also increased surveillance in the area while continually monitoring the practice of sustainable forest management. It has also supported the defense of over 100,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest; helped monitor the protection of 35 endangered species, created more than 470 jobs for Peruvian natives and helped to protect the indigenous Yine and Huitoto native communities. 

The project is aligned with four of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): decent work and economic growth; sustainable cities and communities; climate action; and life on land. 

For more information regarding this initiative or any other sustainability-related matters, please contact our Sustainability Department.