Used cook­ing oil is be­ing re­cy­cled into a spe­cial type of biodiesel which is help­ing fuel the con­struc­tion of new build­ings in phase two of Dubai’s Sus­tain­able City, in­clud­ing Fair­green In­ter­na­tional School, Ho­tel Indigo and the in­no­va­tion cen­tre.

Sus­tain­able City, the Mid­dle East’s first fully op­er­a­tional sus­tain­able com­mu­nity, has adopted B100 biodiesel, which is pro­duced at Neu­tral Fu­els’ bio-re­fin­ery in Dubai In­vest­ment Park.

Com­pared to con­ven­tional gasoline and petroleum diesel, B100 cuts harm­ful emis­sions such as car­bon monox­ide by 50 per cent, ni­tro­gen ox­ides by 95% and par­tic­u­late mat­ter by 99%.

Faris Saeed, CEO of Di­a­mond De­vel­op­ers — the com­pany be­hind Sus­tain­able City — said: “We are pleased to be bring­ing our con­struc­tion meth­ods in line with our sus­tain­able phi­los­o­phy.

“B100 biodiesel min­imises nearly all forms of air pol­lu­tion, par­tic­u­larly green­house gases, so [it]... will also al­low us to main­tain the pure, clean and un­tainted en­vi­ron­ment that our res­i­dents en­joy at the com­mu­nity.”

The use of B100 biodiesel will al­low Sus­tain­able City to re­duce its foot­print by up to 150 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide per year dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod.

Its use re­quires no en­gine mod­i­fi­ca­tions and its high lu­bric­ity, com­bined with its clean­ing prop­er­ties, make it an ideal sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive to con­ven­tional diesel.

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