As part of its overall drive to reduce its carbon footprint, the Dakar has been offsetting the carbon emissions resulting from the organisation of the event since 2009. It continues to step up its responsible initiatives year after year, particularly in the area of general and special waste collection and treatment when the race passes by.

As well as reducing the environmental footprint of the event and in line with its carbon offset scheme, the Dakar has been funding a massive anti-deforestation programme in the Amazon since 2009. The project is known as "Madre de Dios" and certified by the non-profit Greenoxx. The programme also strives to support local communities by involving them in the measures taken.

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The Dakar is pulling out all the stops for responsible recycling. Measures have been taken in each bivouac in the last few years to safeguard the landscapes visited by the rally. In this regard, tailored waste sorting bins (aluminium, plastic, cardboard and paper) are set up at the entrances and exits from living spaces such as the catering area, press room and organisation areas.
Protecting the environment is a priority for the Dakar, so the site of the bivouac is cleaned up thoroughly after the caravan has moved on.

Bivouac, illustration during the Rest Day of the Dakar 2021 in Ha’il, in Saudi Arabia on January 9, 2021 - Photo Antonin Vincent / DPPI
Bivouac, illustration during the Rest Day of the Dakar 2021 in Ha’il, in Saudi Arabia on January 9, 2021 - Photo Antonin Vincent / DPPI
Bivouac during the 8th stage of the Dakar 2021 between Sakaka and Neom, in Saudi Arabia on January 11, 2021 - Photo Charly Lopez
Bivouac during the 8th stage of the Dakar 2021 between Sakaka and Neom, in Saudi Arabia on January 11, 2021 - Photo Charly Lopez

In order to safeguard the soil, the Dakar has set up a used oil recovery area in each bivouac. This green point collects all the oil and special products (e.g. mechanical filters and refrigerants) and transfers them to containers for recycling through specialised circuits. Our partners also do their bit to protect the environment and contribute to a responsible Dakar.