Preserving the environment, the essential natural setting for the discipline, is a major issue for the Rallye du Maroc.
ODC is stepping up its action, edition after edition, at the pace of its own media and the resources provided by partner companies.
The environmental program of the Rallye du Maroc has 4 components:
1 / The regulatory framework
Strict compliance with the international rules defined by the environmental codes of the FIA and the FIM, as well as national rules in relation to the Moroccan Auto Federation (FRMSA) and the Moroccan Motorcycle Federation (FRMM) and local authorities.
Among the key measures:
- Strict respect on the route and facilities validated in close collaboration with the local authorities.
- Protection of soils where vehicles park (assistance park, refueling area in the Bivouac) using ecofriendly mats.
- Verification of the vehicles noise level that do not respect the maximum limits imposed.
- Technical waste collection points in the paddock: oils, used tires.
- Broom vehicles on the route in charge of recovering competitors’ vehicles as well as surrounding pieces and bringing them back to the bivouac.
- Dismantling of the Bivouac and all the structures in order to restore the pitches in their natural state.
2 / Optimization of selective classification of waste and recycling
In Morocco, the selective classification of waste, its collection and recycling are normative provisions in force. As in many countries, its application sometimes requires a reminder and an awareness for service providers and their staff, as well as for all the actors that are involved in the Rally caravan.
ODC agrees to make the following arrangements:
- Establishment of a selective classification of household waste in the Bivouac, as well as throughout the Rally: non-recyclable and recyclable waste.
- Waste collection in conjunction with local authorities and companies in the sector.
- Maximum use of reusable and recyclable products.
- Limit paper printing as much as possible by using digital technology.
- Raising awareness of good practices among all interested parties in the framework of the event, also applicable in their daily lives.
3 / Compensation of the event’s carbon footprint:
Once the route has been defined, the priority, apart from the sporting interest, is the configuration of the event to limit the carbon emissions of the organization’s vehicles and the teams, in the Kingdom.
Departures / arrivals as close as possible to the Bivouac to limit the movement of vehicles, organization and assistance.
Setting up free shuttles / buses as much as possible to promote the use of collective means of transport to reach the various key points depending on the configuration of the event: airport / Bivouac, Bivouac / hotels or departure / arrivals.
Compensation of the carbon footprint of the event through a local solution to achieve a direct and visible impact, the direct return to the local population must always be the leitmotif of our action.
After the fire risk prevention action carried out in Aoufous Palm Grove, ODC is getting involved to help replant the palm trees destroyed by the fire.
Eventually and at the rate at which they are growing, the date palms will retain a carbon equivalent that will gradually offset the emissions generated by successive editions of the Rally since 2018. Their exploitation will also make it possible to compensate for the loss of income suffered by the local population after the fire.
4 / Other actions planned to preserve the environment:
ODC is considering the following actions in the near future:
- Promote the entry of electric vehicles on the Rally of Morocco by adapting the necessary regulatory provisions.
- Offer an autonomous energy camp increasing the share of green energy produced in the Rally through the installation of photovoltaic panels.
5 / Educate in good environmental practices:
Production of content in order to raise awareness among the players of the Rally and more generally to the fans and the Moroccan population:
Press releases, posts, thematic videos.
Dissemination on the digital platforms of the Rally: website and social networks.
Intervention of pilot ambassadors who enjoy international notoriety to strengthen the impact and dissemination of the message.
Information on the event site itself: specific signage, video messages, reminders during key moments (press conference, briefings).