Opportunity to use 3,000 litres of free biodiesel


CO2Sense Yorkshire has announced it is backing a demonstration project for a recycled fuel oil that could cut the cost of transport for the region’s businesses and reduce carbon emissions.

CO2Sense Yorkshire, a not-for-profit company funded by Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund, is supporting trials that will investigate the commercial viability of using waste vegetable oil collected and processed in Yorkshire and Humber to fuel cars, trucks and buses.

Businesses volunteering to take part in the project will receive 3,000 litres of 100% waste vegetable oil biodiesel fuel free of charge. Vehicles using the biodiesel fuel will be monitored between December 2009 and February 2010 and records of their performance will be used to further develop recycled oil services.

Commenting on this fuel innovation, Andy Lowe, CO2Sense Yorkshire’s manager for food waste said: “This demonstration project could be a real breakthrough in our drive to cut business costs and environmental impacts. We would like companies to volunteer a vehicle, run it on its normal routes and report back to us on the vehicle’s performance. Volunteers need to contact me by email, info@ResourceEfficiency-Yorkshire.org.uk, by 1 pm on Monday 30 November to be considered for the project.”

The biodiesel fuel demonstration project is being run by CO2Sense Yorkshire in partnership with a regional producer of biodiesel. Andy Hartley, operations director for CO2Sense Yorkshire said: “Biodiesel has the potential to transform the environmental impact of road travel and reduce business operating costs. This project will lead to the development of biodiesel sources and supply within Yorkshire and Humber. It is a great addition to our local economy and create many much-needed green collar jobs. The project will also lead to the increased diversion of a biodegradable waste away from landfill.”

Andy Lowe concluded: “We are also keen to hear from all collectors of waste cooking and other oils, and from all regional producers of biodiesel. Biodiesel is an important low carbon fuel. It is vital that we divert waste vegetable oil away from landfill or sewer disposal.”