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McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands are to begin recycling used cooking oil from French fries into sustainable fuel. The waste product will be converted into Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, which slashes greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% ‘over the fuel’s life cycle compared to fossil diesel’.

Neste, McDonald’s and HAVI have come together to create the new circular economy system. And HAVI trucks that deliver to McDonald’s will use the clean fuel.

“McDonald’s is committed to sustainability through its Scale for Good program. We are big enough to make a difference. Circularity and reducing waste are one of the pillars of our ongoing sustainability program. The collaboration with Neste and HAVI is an excellent example of how we can make circularity a practical reality. We are connecting the recycling of a valuable waste fraction, which we have been doing for years, to our ambitions to reduce our climate impact. Together with HAVI we developed a roadmap to see what steps we could take to reduce our carbon emissions from the logistics side and to make our logistics more future-proof. In addition to switching to renewable diesel, this entails a look into hybrid and electric vehicles and using logistic city hubs to reduce inner city movements,” says Jeroen Dekkers, Head of Supply Chain at McDonald’s Netherlands.

Meanwhile, in the UK the John Lewis Partnership has announced plans for food-powered trucks to deliver CO2 savings.

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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5 Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and co-chair of the APOPO Foundation UK board.


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