Cancun, Q.R. – Recent studies show that Cancun and the Riviera Maya are the largest producers of greenhouse gases in the state of Quintana Roo.
As Cancun and the Riviera Maya continue to grow as a preferred tourist destination, the region is left to deal with the ever-increasing greenhouse effects of the industry.
Over the past two years, the generation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) along the tourism corridor has averaged between 31 and 35 kilograms per day per tourist. This consumption is based on activities such as the use of disposable products and excessive use of electricity for lights.
Through a study by the Friends of Sian Ka’an and the consulting company, Earth Check, greenhouse gas measurements in and around the region have been recorded since 2013. It is from this ongoing analysis that they have discovered that each tourist generates up to 35 kilograms of GHGs per day.
So far they have worked with 40 companies in the state of Quintana Roo, measuring the levels of greenhouse gases. Gonzalo Merediz Alonso, executive director of Friends of Sian Ka’an, says that according to their statistics, 68 percent of the state’s greenhouse gases are generated by the Riviera Maya, while 22 percent come from Benito Juarez and 10 percent from Felip carillo Puerto, Chetumal and Cozumel.
The projection for 2035 is to reduce emission levels by implementing strategies that deal with environmental options such as the installation of solar panels, solar heaters and isolation systems to prevent the overuse of electricity for lighting purposes. If precautions are not taken, this situation will create a global imbalance of climate change that will cause long-term effects in the living environments of plants and animals.
A recent report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in combination with Global Footprint Network explains that greenhouse surplus is calculated by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources the Earth is capable of generating in one year), the ecological footprint of humanity (humanity demands for that year) and multiplying the results by 365, the number of days in a year.
The most common humanity demands globally are food and vegetable fibers, farm products, fish, timber and other forest-related products, space for urban structure and forests to absorb the carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. When the current population is taken into consideration with the estimated potential of population growth combined with the size of the Earth, the results show demands outweigh supply.