Since July 2011, McDonald’s UAE has partnered with Neutral Fuels in the aim to reduce the carbon footprint of restaurants in the UAE by enabling renewable energy sourcing, minimizing waste and increasing recycling in our restaurants such as through our flagship Biodiesel initiative. The collaboration with Neutral Fuels is part of our ongoing strategy to adopt innovative methods of recycling and re-using waste products which significantly reduce the impact on the environment.
The initiative enables cooking oil from our restaurants to be converted into 100% biodiesel. The biodiesel is then used to power the entire McDonald’s UAE truck fleet,
Through the Biodiesel initiative we have saved 99 per cent of CO2 emissions since the partnership was launched compared to driving with normal petro-diesel and our trucks have covered over 20,000,000 km on 100 per cent biodiesel, saving more than 16,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the process.
We’re proud to say that the Biodiesel initiative has been recognized by the UAE government, media and stakeholders around the world. In February 2012, the Dubai Road and Transport Authority recognized McDonald’s UAE and Neutral Fuels for our commitment to sustainable transport when the Crown Prince of Dubai awarded us with the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport in the Environmental Protection Category.