The payment of the carbon footprint is voluntary, so no traveler is forced to make this payment if he/she does not wish to.
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Published Monday, June 21, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Intending to set an example of sustainability for the tourism sector, several organizations urge tourists to pay the cost of the carbon footprint which was generated during their trip to the country.

This charge was announced by the National Forest Financing Fund, the Ministry of the Environment and the Tourism Institute, as part of the cooperation agreements with some hotels.

The agreement allows tourists to be informed of the amount of their carbon footprint and cancel the cost per ton of CO2, based on estimates made through a CO2-footprint calculator.

This calculator, which was created by the Fund, establishes the emissions caused by the transport used by the tourists, according to the Ministry of Environment.

For example, the cost of the carbon footprint caused by a round-trip by plane from Miami to San Josť will be about $6, the ministry said.

The payment is made by buying the so-called compensation units. These units cover the cost of the carbon footprint left by tourists. Hotels are in charge of providing information on how much is the cost of a tourist's carbon footprint.

However, the payment of the carbon footprint is voluntary, so no traveler is forced to make this payment if he/she does not wish to.

"We are pleased that the hotel sector is taking a leading role in the climate agenda, together we build a better country and a better planet," Andrea Meza, Minister of the Environment said.

According to Mesa, an increase in the payment of carbon footprints is expected because it is estimated that the tourism sector will soon reactivate after the pandemic.

The money raised with the carbon footprint payment will be received by the Fund to finance deforestation programs in Costa Rica.

This plan to charge tourists for their carbon footprint is part of the government and private sector strategy to advance the goals of the 2050 National Decarbonization Plan, the ministry said.

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