The carbon footprint is an indicator used to determine the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by a person, event, company, industry, or city. Land travel is the main source of emissions, accounting for 90% of the detected carbon footprint, followed by air transportation at 8%, solid waste generation at 1.5%, and the consumption of liquefied petroleum gas and diesel.

After covering 8000 km during the Dakar Rally, our car would emit approximately 1536 kg of CO2 during that distance. To put it another way: the emission of 1 kg of CO2 results from traveling 13 km by metro, getting 12 servings of rice, 30 apples, 424 cups of tea, or 282 hours of light.

Our project is to reforest certain mountain areas after a major forest fire by planting 100 trees to offset the carbon footprint emitted by participating in the Dakar Rally.

By transforming an extremely degraded landscape into a diverse ecosystem, we will only use trees that are native to the area such as pines, oaks, and carob trees in the Levant region to continue fighting
against climate change.

The project contributes to slowing down global warming by reducing deforestation. At the same time, it promotes adaptation to climate change by lowering temperatures, creating microclimates, enabling a low-emission economy, and helping communities at risk.

These types of trees can have an average lifespan of 100 years, capable of offsetting this emission many times over.

According to our calculations, only 10 trees would be sufficient to offset the carbon footprint, but we will multiply it by 10 and additionally:

We will not only offset the CO2 footprint, but also:

  • CLIMATE – 1 tree = 150 kg of stored CO2 (1500 kg)
  • BIODIVERSITY – 1 tree = 3 shelters for animals. (300 shelters)
  • HEALTH – 1 tree = 4 months of oxygen. (400 months of oxygen – 33 years)
  • EMPLOYMENT – 1 tree = 1.5 hours of work per year. (130 hours of work)