Hotel near Arenal wins carbon neutrality citation

A hotel near Arenal volcano has been certified as carbon neutral and the business goes even further by removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it produces, according to a press release.

The press release boasts that Rancho Margot is the first hotel to obtain such certification in Costa Rica and the only business or organization to have a documented negative carbon footprint, meaning that a third party has investigated the facilities and found that the hotel is removing carbon dioxide from the air.

That third party is Carbon Clear, a consulting firm based in the United Kingdom that works with businesses to make them more sustainable. It is also one of about 15 primarily-British organizations that issue a certification called BSI PAS 2060 (British Standards Institution’s Publicly Available Specification), that organizations can earn if they prove that they are carbon neutral.

This is the same certification that Rancho Margot earned, as well as CoopeDota R.L., a coffee cooperative near Santa María de Dota which became the first organization outside of Europe to be certified, last year.

According to the press release, Rancho Margot achieves carbon neutrality by generating its own hydroelectric power, growing two-thirds of its food and using waste as fertilizer and as an energy source, among other measures.

The hotel overlooks Lake Arenal and Volcan Arenal and sits about midway between Monteverde and La Fortuna. It offers a variety of accommodations, tours, Spanish courses and yoga classes, and patrons can receive discounts on lodging if they volunteer in the hotel’s sustainability and maintenance operations.

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