On 15 December, the fleet logistics trucks for McDonald's UAE will reach the milestone of 5,000,000km run on 100% recycled vegetable oil from McDonald’s UAE outlets.
The initiative to recycle the company’s plant lipid waste began on July 2011 in the UAE with the support of Dubai FDI, the foreign investment promotion arm of the Department of Economic Development.
McDonald’s UAE is the first McDonald’s franchise in the MENA region to recycle all of its waste cooking oil for the refuelling of the company’s logistics fleet to transport its goods throughout the Emirates.
Based on the 2015 UK Government DEFRA conversion factors, McDonald’s UAE has saved 99% of its CO2 throughout the four years of driving with biodiesel compared to driving with normal diesel.
Driving these 5,000,000km on normal diesel would have produced a carbon footprint of 4,427,759kg of CO2, whereas the use of biodiesel would have been a carbon footprint of just 56,385kg of CO2.
According to World Bank figures, this saving is equivalent to the average carbon footprint of 214,283 UAE citizens for one year.