Biofuel fleet saves McDonald’s UAE 8,563 tonnes of carbon dioxide
McDonald’s UAE has saved 8,563 tonnes of carbon dioxide and covered 10,000,000 kilometers in the seven years since its logistics fleet of biodiesel delivery trucks were introduced.
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.
McDonald’s UAE said in a statement that the achievement is evidence of its commitment to giving back to communities it operates in, while also protecting the environment.
“At McDonald’s UAE we strongly champion the cause of protecting the environment,” says Rafic Fakih, managing director and partner at McDonald’s UAE. “This 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,” he added.
Karl Feilder, founder and CEO of Neutral Fuels, said that McDonald’s UAE led the way in the development of mainstream biofuel use in the country.
“When we started Neutral Fuels in 2011, McDonald’s was the very first company to fully adopt this clean, green fuel. Seven years later, look at the massive reduction in greenhouse gases that we’ve achieved together,” he said.
“Thanks to McDonald’s showing other companies the way, many are now using our biofuel, but the truth is that every company in the world needs to take responsible action now to reduce its carbon footprint at every level. Using biofuel is one of the quickest and easiest ways to do that,” Feilder added.
Using biodiesel results in a 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).
Burning Hydrocarbons produces several toxins such as Carbon monoxide, Sulfur oxides, Carbon dioxide as well as particulate matter that can cause various diseases such as cancer and heart diseases.
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 over 4-million kilograms of coal.