The Dakar Rally generated 12,800 tons of carbon dioxide in Bolivia

The Dakar Rally generated 12,800 tons of carbon dioxide in Bolivia

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The two-day passage of the Dakar Rally through Bolivia last January indirectly generated 12,800 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, as much as the combustion of five million liters of gasoline, according to the result of a report presented yesterday in La Paz.

The report points out that the measurement was only applied to indirect emissions: tourist transport, garbage generation and extra energy consumption in the highland communities where the competition passed, since the rally organizers measure on their own direct emissions from the race.

"In the two days that the Dakar has passed in the country, around 12,800 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent have been generated," said the carbon footprint consultant Valeria Revilla during the presentation of the report at the headquarters of the Development Bank for America Latina - CAF.

This study is an initiative headed by the Vice Ministry of Tourism with the support of the British Embassy in La Paz, the Development Bank for Latin America - CAF, the FIE Bank and the Andean Valley company.

To get an idea of ​​the magnitude of this pollution, the expert assured that this volume is equal "to the emissions that are generated by the consumption of electricity by around 11,000 families per year or the combustion of almost five million liters of gasoline ".

The carbon footprint is an indicator to establish the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by a person, an event, a company, an industry, a city, according to Revilla.

The main source of emissions was land travel, equal to 90% of the carbon footprint detected; followed by 8% by air transport, the generation of solid waste (1.5%) and by the consumption of liquefied petroleum gas and diesel.

Revilla explained that during the Dakar, to reduce the carbon footprint, tourist trips in shared vehicles were promoted, it was recommended to use land and rail transport, and it was requested that garbage not only be collected, but also separated and recycled.

In addition, a plan was applied for some peasant communities to use solar cookers, which contribute to reducing emissions to the environment.

For his part, the Vice Minister of Tourism, Marko Machicao, invited private firms and international organizations to support the project to offset carbon emissions with different technologies for the local population.

According to the official, this year some 250,000 tourists attended and in total more than 300,000 people followed the race in southwestern Bolivia.

In addition, up to 50,000 vehicles were counted advancing 30 kilometers in the Andean region of Uyuni, where the salt flat of the same name is located.

Machicao said that for next year the challenge is to double the number of visitors for the competition, which will cross Bolivia for three days and will include the vehicle race, unlike this year in which only motorcycles and quad bikes passed in two days.

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