Dubai’s Biodiesel Powered Buses

A few buses show a popular stance on a global scale
By Luke Geiver | July 15, 2011

The idea of sustainability isn’t just for rural communities or energy-strapped areas. In Dubai, the police department has taken a lead-by-example approach and entered into the first phase of a project that will recycle the used cooking oil from within the department for use as biodiesel feedstock. The biodiesel produced via used cooking oil will then be put to use in buses used by the department. The Dubai police force has already won the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport for its biodiesel agenda and for helping 25 percent of its employees commute by bus.

The Dubai police force is a prime example of an organization that cares about sustainability. Its work to plant mangroves (in an area that later became a nature preserve), launching a marine pollution-sensing boat and a plan to plant 1 million trees, the police force shows that community scale co-ops, fleet sustainability standards and even law enforcement groups in a country where fossil fuel is the law, all are adopting a stance on renewable energy that serves the biodiesel industry well.

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