McDonald’s UAE fleet reaps benefits of biofuel
Fast-food chain’s fleet completed 10-million-km journey using recycled frying oil
McDonald’s UAE logistics fleet of biodiesel delivery trucks have clocked 10,000,000 kilometers since the launch of the initiative seven years ago, saving 8,563 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the process and contributing to improve air quality in the country.
Since July 2011, McDonald’s UAE’s logistics ﬂeet has been running on fuel made from used vegetable oil from their restaurants in the UAE.
The biodiesel is converted by Dubai-based company ‘Neutral Fuels’, a UAE-backed venture that makes use of environment-friendly technology.
The initiative is part of Dubai’s green schemes and is a team effort that also incorporates Dubai FDI, the foreign investment promotion arm of the Department of Economic Development.
Rafic Fakih, managing director and partner at McDonald’s UAE said: “We champion the cause of protecting the environment which is evident with our various campaigns and our long-running partnership with the Emirates Environment Group (EEG). The Biodiesel Initiative is an example of how McDonald’s UAE is helping improve our communities by contributing to prevent the degradation of air quality in the country. Having covered 10,000,000 kilometers, our logistics fleet has saved as much as 100% of CO2 emissions, thereby helping improve the air we breathe.”
Karl Feilder, founder and CEO of Neutral Fuels added: “According to the UAE government, transportation represents 20% of our country’s carbon footprint. When we started Neutral Fuels in 2011, McDonald’s was the first company to fully adopt the clean, green fuel.
Using biodiesel results in 100% reduction in the total carbon footprint, as stated by the UAE’s Ministry of Energy. This in turn translates to a 100% reduction in CO2 and CH4 gases.
Furthermore, Biodiesel does not contain Sulphur and use of biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide (41% reduction), carbon dioxide (78% reduction), sulphates (100% reduction) and particulate matter (55% reduction).
While the distance of 10,000,000 kilometers is equivalent to a round trip to the moon 13 times, the amount of CO2 that would have otherwise been produced by a conventional diesel vehicle would have equaled burning more than four-million kgs of coal.