Renewables in the Heart of the Middle East

A Dubai entity partners with McDonald’s to convert waste grease to biodiesel
By Erin Voegele | September 08, 2011

The Middle East is renowned for its crude oil production. Now, a new initiative spearheaded by the foreign investment promotion arm of the Dubai Department of Economic Development (Dubai FDI) will bring waste grease recycling and biodiesel production to the region.

Dubai FDI-supported Neutral Fuels LLC, under a long-term contract, will convert used vegetable oil collected from fast-food chain McDonald’s Corp. outlets across the United Arab Emirates. The resulting fuel will be used by the UAE in its logistics fleet to reduce emissions and cut the fleet’s carbon footprint.

According to Dubai FDI, the new enterprise is the first commercial producer of biodiesel in the Middle East.

—Erin Voegele

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