astara Team saves the environment 11.58 tones of CO2 thanks to e-fuel on the Dakar

  • Astara has opted to compete at the highest level with its Astara 01 Concept cars but with a minimum environmental impact. 
  • With half of the Dakar route already completed, the Astara Team has managed to avoid emissions equivalent to those of an average petrol-powered utility car by covering 89,000 kilometers.
  • At the end of the rally, the mobility company will measure the total impact of its carbon footprint and collaborate with carbon offset projects to completely neutralize its emissions. 


9 January 2023. Competition and sustainability go hand in hand in the Dakar Rally, the biggest motorsport challenge in the world. The mobility company Astara has opted to use the environmentally friendly e-fuel in all its competition cars for the second year in a row. If last year it became the most sustainable team in the Dakar, this year it remains firm in its objective to measure the carbon footprint it generates during this edition.

Today, during the rest stage, the Astara Team has collected data and can announce that it has stopped emitting 11.58 tonnes of CO2 thanks to the use of e-fuel in its race cars. With every kilometer they cover, the Astara 01 Concept cars are saving CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. With half of the Dakar course already completed, the Astara Team has managed to avoid emissions equivalent to those that would be emitted by an average petrol-powered car covering 89,000 kilometers (considering average emissions of 130 gr/km of CO2). 

The Astara 01 Concept, an evolution of last year's model, is proving its ability to compete at the highest level in a sustainable way using this environmentally friendly, synthetic hydrogen-based fuel. This is confirmed by the Astara Team riders:

"The world is moving towards greater respect for the environment and trying to pollute as little as possible. In other types of championships, it might be easier to introduce a hybrid or electric car, but for the Dakar, Astara's proposal is a very good solution. The e-fuel allows us to do long stages, with good performance, without making changes to the cars and with the minimum carbon footprint".
Laia Sanz

Carlos Checa: "I think e-fuel is a very interesting solution, because it doesn't require changing the mechanics or the type of engine currently in use. Adapting the whole fleet to another technology is something that can take a long, long time. I think it can be the best alternative to traditional fuels. By using it in the Dakar, we showed that it is perfectly viable”.

Óscar Fuertes: "Green fuels are a great alternative for a race like the Dakar, where energy density is key. The e-fuel we use, which has been produced thanks to renewable energies, has a very low CO2 emission into the atmosphere, almost zero. This has been our commitment to sustainability from the start and we continue to rely on it. This year we are testing a new formulation and we will also offset the remaining emissions so that, once again, our presence at the Dakar in terms of sustainability will have a carbon footprint of zero”.


The accounting and reporting of emissions is done according to standardized measurement protocols, in this case, the global GHG Protocol standard, as it is the most widespread method and the one that has served as the basis for developing the ISO 14064 standard. In both cases, they will be reviewed and certified by a prestigious independent entity such as AENOR. 

As a novelty and as a commitment to continue improving care for the environment, this year Astara will include scope 3 of the GHG Protocol. Therefore, to measure the carbon footprint generated during the Dakar, the air travel of the team staff and the transport of the vehicles by boat to Saudi Arabia will be taken into account.

At the end of the rally, a detailed report of the Astara Team's carbon footprint will be drawn up and the result will be more than compensated, as was done last year. To this end, Astara will collaborate with various carbon offset projects to neutralize its emissions and thus achieve its goal of participating in the Dakar with a zero carbon footprint.



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Astara is an innovative, industry-leading global mobility company with a broad portfolio of services and products. With a turnover of 5.5 billion euros in 2022, Astara is present in Spain, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and the Philippines. Representing 30 car brands. Astara provides a distribution and mobility ecosystem that covers all the markets in which the group operates, including all ownership, subscription, use, and connectivity options, always at the hand of the latest technology. All this thanks to a diverse team of more than 25 nationalities, in these 17 countries and 3 continents, Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia.


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ASTARA TEAM is a competition team created in 2021 to compete in the Dakar Rally and demonstrate that technological excellence and competition at the highest level are absolutely compatible with respect for the environment and diversity. ASTARA TEAM faces its second Dakar with three ASTARA 01 CONCEPTs, a 2WD buggy in the T1.3 category powered by e-fuel, the lightest vehicle in its category. Laia Sanz- Maurizio Gerini, Carlos Checa-Marc Solà and Óscar Fuertes-Diego Vallejo will compete at the highest level with an efficient and ecological mobility solution with the aim of repeating as the most sustainable team in the Dakar. The 2023 Dakar Rally is held for the fourth consecutive year in Saudi Arabia from December 31 to January 15.

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