Rancho Margot, innovator and educator in sustainable hotel and community development and self-sufficiency, has been recognized as the first carbon-negative company in the country of Costa Rica by international standards as set forth by Carbon Clear of Austin, TX.
Carbon Clear Ltd., leader in integrated carbon management, administered the first comprehensive carbon footprint assessment toward achieving PAS 2060 Carbon Neutral Certification at Rancho Margot. Assessments show that in 2011 Rancho Margot was a net negative carbon emitter, removing more carbon from the atmosphere than was emitted by operations. The hotel generated 115 metric tons of CO2e from general business operations over the course of 2011 while the native forestland of Rancho Margot sequestered 1,375 metric tons of CO2e. Thus, Rancho Margot generated an overall net benefit of 1,260 metric tons of CO2e to the atmosphere.
Rancho Margot is and always has been committed to reducing environmental impact and is the first company in Costa Rica to be deemed carbon neutral/negative. Rancho Margot’s most significant ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions include:
- Electricity – Rancho Margot generates electricity using two river hydroelectric onsite generators
- Compost Heat Exchange – System captures part of the heat generated by decomposition of organic waste and uses it to heat water for showers and sinks
- Composting – Complex composting system collects all food, vegetative and solid animal waste that, with the aid of beneficial micro-organisms, decomposes and is then used as an organic fertilizer to eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers
- Bio-Digesters – Three onsite bio-digesters treat liquid animal waste through anaerobic bacterial action to produce methane gas which is used for cooking in the kitchen; ‘cured’ liquid is also used as fertilizer
- Supplies Transport – Consolidating trips with neighboring businesses to reduce into and out of the resort where no suppliers travel exclusively to Rancho Margot
- Food Production – Rancho Margot generates approximately 67% of food for workers and guests onsite