Dubai: The city’s green project is now greener by Dubai International Airport’s manure. The DXB restaurants’ waste will be composted, treated in green areas and then used to water the city. The airport will run entirely on biodiesel, which is oil leftover from cooking.
The goal is to recycle 60% by the middle next year. Dubai Airport produces more than 2,000 tons food waste each year. The accumulation of food waste in landfills can cause significant environmental damage. Dubai Airports has partnered with Bia Tandeef (a Sharjah-based waste management firm) to produce manure. It will be produced at various plants located near the airport.
This project was initially started as an experiment and is now being developed with great success. Recycled waste oil accounts for 100 percent. Two major benefits of using fuel without wasting it are saving fuel and avoiding environmental damage from polluted oil. CEO of BIA Rafael Sanjurjo Lopez stated that such initiatives are thriving both in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and elsewhere.
Sharjah has been designated the first UAE plant to convert all waste into energy. Non-conventional energy projects are unique in that they generate energy without any carbon pollution. It also creates more employment opportunities, he said.
Biodiesel production and potential
A project to make biodiesel out of oil leftover from cooking is an attractive option in the face of rising fuel prices. It is used in garbage trucks, and other vehicles.
In later stages, it will be used in additional vehicles. Biodiesel is made from oil, fat and grease. It is not uncommon for oil to leak from cooking in homes or shops. It can clog the sewers, which can cause the streams to burst.
Biodiesel for the air
A cruise ship (Abra), in Dubai, is also using biodiesel experimentally. In collaboration with Emirates National Oil Company, (ENOC), the RTA project. Dubai Creek is served by 148 traditional abras. Biodiesel fuel can reduce carbon emissions by 125 tonnes per year. Diesel is the most common diesel used in Abras. It consumes 11 lakh liters per year.
More than 227,000 liters unusable oil are stored in Dubai’s more than 7,000 kitchens and then converted to biodiesel each day. McDonald’s and other companies supply more than 35,000 liters per month of oil.