Shang­hai trucks fu­eled by re­cy­cled ed­i­ble oil

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Some trucks in Shang­hai are, for the first time in the coun­try, fu­el­ing up on re­cy­cled cook­ing oil, com­monly known as “gut­ter oil”, as part of ef­forts to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and keep the in­fe­rior oil out of kitchens.

Since the be­gin­ning of this month, more than 100 lo­gis­tics trucks of Swedish fur­ni­ture maker Ikea have been run­ning on fuel com­posed of biodiesel de­rived from cook­ing oil. The amount of gut­ter oil the fuel con­tains varies from five to 10 per­cent.

Shang­hai Zhongqi En­vi­ron­ment Tech­nol­ogy Co, one of Shang­hai’s two li­censed gut­ter oil pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies, part­nered with Ikea and Shang­hai Bus Lo­gis­tics Ltd for the biodiesel project.

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in Shang­hai have started us­ing biodiesel since early last year.

“The project is in line with our en­ergy-sav­ing goal and brings ben­e­fits to so­ci­ety,” said He Jian­jiang, gen­eral man­ager of Shang­hai Bus Lo­gis­tics.

Shang­hai Food Safety Com­mit­tee said the project means that ve­hi­cles have now joined the recycling drive, and the process of recycling waste kitchen oil is now well de­vel­oped.

Yan Zuqiang, deputy head of the com­mit­tee, said at the project’s launch­ing cer­e­mony on Dec 1 that it is a gi­ant step to­ward Shang­hai’s goal of be­com­ing a great global city, which is in­cluded in its 2040 devel­op­ment plan.

He added that the newly amended Shang­hai Food Safety Reg­u­la­tions, which will be un­veiled next year, will fur­ther sup­port the recycling of oil through lo­cal leg­is­la­tion. En­ter­prises us­ing biodiesel will re­ceive sub­si­dies.

“Biodiesel is more ex­pen­sive than tra­di­tional oil by 1,000 yuan ($145) to 2,000 yuan per ton,” said the head of tech­nol­ogy at Zhongqi En­vi­ron­ment Tech­nol­ogy in Fengx­ian dis­trict. He only gave his sur­name as Cao.

“Cur­rently, the trucks can only fill up on site at their com­pany. In the fu­ture, more spe­cial­ized sta­tions, like the ones for tra­di­tional gaso­line, will be built to fa­cil­i­tate the us­age of bio­fuel,” Cao said.

For years, the au­thor­i­ties have fo­cused on con­vert­ing waste oil. Us­ing cook­ing oil-de­rived bio­fuel cuts car­bon diox­ide emis­sions and is a pro­duc­tive way to clamp down on the il­le­gal gut­ter oil trade.

Bio­fuel has been used to power air­planes and buses in China. In Shang­hai, more than 100 buses on 10 routes have used biodiesel since early last year.

Wu Yi­wei con­trib­uted to this story.

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