McDonald's hits 5m km biofuel fleet milestone

McDonald's UAE’s fleet logistics trucks just kilometers from becoming 1st in the world to drive 5-million km on biodiesel.
McDonald's UAE’s fleet logistics trucks just kilometers from becoming 1st in the world to drive 5-million km on biodiesel.
McDonald's UAE’s fleet logistics trucks just kilometers from becoming 1st in the world to drive 5-million km on biodiesel.

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McDonald's UAE’s fleet logistics trucks will on December 15 mark a milestone of running five million kilometres on the fast food giant’s recycled vegetable oil.

McDonald’s UAE introduced the biodiesel initiative in the UAE in July 2011 with the support of Dubai FDI, the foreign investment promotion arm of the Department of Economic Development.

McDonald’s is the first fast food brand in the Middle East and North Africa to recycle all of its waste cooking oil for fuelling the company’s logistics fleet to transport its goods throughout the UAE, a statement said.

A fleet of 16 trucks collect used cooking oil from McDonald’s outlets across the country once to twice a day and convert it into 100 per cent biodiesel through McDonald’s UAE’s clean tech partner, Neutral Fuels. The biodiesel is then used to fuel the company’s logistics fleet.

“We are proud to announce the 5 million km milestone, an incredible result which has made a significant contribution to the reduction of our carbon footprint in the Emirates,” said Rafic Fakih, managing director and partner at McDonald’s UAE.

“At McDonald’s UAE we are committed to protect and preserve the environment for future generations and we are aiming to continue using our planet’s resources efficiently,” Fakih added.

“This milestone demonstrates long-term commercial innovation in action and proves beyond a doubt that biodiesel is the most viable commercial alternative to old style fossil fuels,” said Karl Feilder, chairman of Neutral Fuels.

“Together with McDonald’s, we have shown that running vehicles on 100 per cent biofuel is a safe, logical, and sustainable course of action. We have innovated a completely new way of collecting waste cooking oil, and a novel and highly efficient method of converting that oil to biodiesel,” he says.

Based on the 2015 UK Government DEFRA conversion factors, McDonald’s UAE has saved 99 per cent of CO2e throughout the four years of driving with Biodiesel compared to driving with normal petrodiesel.

According to the 2015 UK Government DEFRA conversion factors, driving these five million km on normal diesel would resulted in a carbon footprint of 4,427,759 kg of CO2e whereas the use of biodiesel creates a carbon footprint of 56,385 kg of CO2e.

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