At Biffa our long term objective is to minimise environmental impact, while striving for sustainability.
Although we currently aid environment issues with our recycling and waste management initiatives, the vehicles we use for these collections consume fossil-based fuels – impacting on the environment. So, we’re continuously searching for environmentally friendly solutions to replace fossil fuels. The solution we turned to was biofuel.
Running vehicles on Biofuel
Our use of biofuels began in 2009 with a fuel trial for one vehicle. This trial quickly proved that biofuel was a viable resource for the company to use in our vehicles going forwards. Since 2012, over 2.3 million litres of B100 biodiesel directly replaced fossil diesel on our Arun , Portsmouth and Surrey Heath contracts. (as of July 2015)
How are our Biofuels produced?
We source Used Cooking Oil (UCO) from our commercial customers and our biofuel producer Convert2Green uses it to create 100% biodiesel (B100).
Convert2Green is the sole supplier of biofuels to the Environment Agency. It provides Biffa with a high quality fuel that has excellent environmental performance and is price competitive.
Sustainability of our UCO-derived fuel
Convert2Green came on board with Biffa in 2011 and has been integral to cementing the longer-term sustainability of our UCO-derived fuel. The utilisation of UCO from our Integrated Resource Management (IRM) customers such as Birds Eye, Premier Foods and Gatwick Airport, has so far enabled us to source all the UCO required for our biodiesel since 2012.
Biffa is also supporting the development of second and third-generation biodiesels, such as making fuel from biological waste. The division’s overall goal is to increase exclusive biodiesel use to around half of the household waste vehicle fleet by 2016 – an estimated 480 vehicles.