Since 2019, Starboard has proudly supported the Head of the Dart (HOTD) SUP Challenge. As an equipment sponsor and as an environmental partner, working to calculate and offset the event’s carbon footprint. In 2023, 259 paddlers participated and, by simply submitting their travel details, had a positive impact on the planet.
Head of the Dart Carbon Footprint Methodology
Paddlers traveled more than 54,000 miles in total, from all over the country to join the HOTD challenge. To accurately measure the emissions associated with this travel, all racers completed travel questionnaire as part of their registration. The form asked for details on: distance traveled, vehicle type, fuel used, and car-sharing details. Using this data and the Carbon Footprint UK calculator we were able to calculate the total travel emissions.
We also included emissions from fuel use in our calculations. This was calculated based on the number of liters used and the appropriate emission factor for the fuel type.
Total Impact of HOTD 2023
The total carbon footprint of the 2023 HOTD event amounted to 15.77 tonnes of CO2e, including travel and fuel emissions. With an average of 55.25 kg CO2e per participant. But measuring the carbon footprint is only the first step, from here it is essential that we offset these emissions to mitigate our impact.
Mangroves Planted for Climate Positivity
In collaboration with the Worldview International Foundation, Starboard have planted 474 mangrove trees in support of the Head of the Dart SUP Challenge. These trees not only absorb events emissions 10x over but also help to fund essential livelihood programs in Myanmar, where the trees are planted. By going beyond carbon neutrality, we strive to make a significant positive change.
Mangrove forests, classified as Blue Carbon Ecosystems, efficiently store carbon and play a crucial role in our planet’s health. They grow densely and effectively draw down carbon dioxide, while also providing habitat for diverse marine life, enhancing biodiversity, improving local livelihoods, maintaining water quality, and protecting coastal areas from erosion and natural disasters. Learn More…