Dubai Municipality vehicles run on biodiesel
Dubai Municipality has signed an agreement with Neutral Fuels LLC to replace diesel with biodiesel in its vehicles. Sustainable is Biodiesel is a clean biofuel made by reacting used cooking oils with methanol in the presence of a sodium methylate catalyst. Neutral Fuels is the first biodiesel manufacturer in UAE having acquired its licence in 2010.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai has taken initiatives to promote fuel efficiency under his UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. In creating a sustainable city within the next three decades, rational use of energy and fuel, conversion of waste to energy and sustainable transport infrastructure is being encouraged.
Karl W Feilder, CEO and Chairman of Neutral Fuels said it’s a fantastic day for UAE, Dubai and biodiesel. In adopting biodiesel no engine modifications are warranted. The Municipality is creating a sustainability benchmark. Engineer Hussain Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality signed the agreement with Neutral Fuels. He says Dubai will be among the most sustainable cities by 2020, when it hosts World Expo.
VIPs, Dubai Municipality staff and media gathered at the Municipality headquarters in Al Rigga, Dubai, to celebrate the agreement, and witness how a biorefinery works.
Neutral Fuels recreated its Dubai production facility in the Municipality car park. Being car-free day, the car park was empty, and presented an opportunity to explain to people the complexity of making high quality biodiesel. Biodieselis not costlier than traditional diesel, and is a great fuel choice for vehicle owners to decrease dependability on fossil fuels, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Using biodiesel reduces CO2 emissions.
Biodiesel reduces lifecycle carbon footprint by up to 80 pct. It halves carbon monoxide emissions and carbon particle emissions, and reduces smog. The move contributes to improving air quality if Dubai.