WATCH: This is how McDonald's fuels its lorry fleet on frying oil
McDonald’s UAE wouldn’t be the first name you think of when talking about environmental protection. However, the burger giant has been running all of its delivery trucks on biodiesel since 2011, and the fleet recently surpassed the 10 million kilometer mark fuelled entirely by biodiesel.
“Through our trucks we've saved almost 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions,” said Walid Fakih, general manager of Emirates Fast Food, the McDonald’s franchisee. “We’ve 100 per cent reduced that impact on the environment and that’s only the start.”
The firm uses the vegetable oil that cooks its French fries and recycles the waste in Dubai Investment Park. The aptly named Neutral Fuels has been McDonald’s biodiesel partner for the past seven years and has seen the demand for biodiesel multiply over the past 5 years.
“There's an excellent demand for biofuels in the Middle East,” said Karl W Feilder, Chairman & CEO of Neutral Fuels.
“We are seeing an incredible growth, something like ten-fold growth over the last 5 years. And that's all being driven by the broad range of diesel users.”