Peru’s capital city, Lima, has been recognized by the international community for its environmental approach to Metropolitan transportation, thanks to the use of natural gas fuel used by the total fleet of buses circulating its recently completed High Capacity Segregated Corridor (Spanish acronym “COSAC I”), which transects the city from north to south. The Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (MML) includes in its principles of operation ecologically sustainability for urban transportation.
The validation was granted after an audit by the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification, AENOR, which concluded that the COSAC I complied with all rules and requirements set out in the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program, the monitoring plan implemented is adequate, and that the calculation of emission reductions is carried out in a transparent manner, and sufficiently justified.
The COSAC I delivers lower emissions per capita and is quieter; it also reduces traffic volume and is therefore more efficient with passenger transportation. Reduced emissions will have a positive impact on community health, decreasing incidences of allergic and respiratory disease. In summary, the “Metropolitano” is said to represent a new concept and an effective restructuring of the entire urban mass transit system, with use of clean and efficient technologies, among other things that are part of the reform of transport in the city that has been undertaken by the MML.
Additionally, this will allow Protransporte as the operating entity of the Metropolitano, to issue carbon credits on the international market, delivering a return on a maximum potential of 688 000 308 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.