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After a successful experiment in India and the UK, McDonald’s is betting on trucks fuelled with oil from making French fries in the Netherlands. As it explains, this is the next stage of sustainable development of its supply chain.

Neste, McDonald’s Netherlands and HAVI have joined forces to create a circular economic partnership. According to it, Neste will process the oil from making French fries into environmentally friendly fuel, which will then be used to fuel HAVI trucks. 

The company will deliver goods to 252 Dutch restaurants in the McDonald’s chain using trucks running on biofuel. It will also transport used oil from the restaurants to the Rotterdam refinery.

According to Neste, renewable diesel will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil diesel.

“We are big enough to make a difference. Circularity and reducing waste are one of the pillars of our ongoing sustainability program,” says Jeroen Dekkers, head of supply chain at McDonald’s Netherlands.”

Together with HAVI we developed a roadmap to see what steps we could take to reduce our carbon emissions from the logistics side and to make our logistics more future-proof. In addition to switching to renewable diesel, this entails a look into hybrid and electric vehicles and using logistic city hubs to reduce inner-city movements,” added Dekkers.

Carl Nyberg, Vice President of Neste, is pleased to work with the McDonald’s network and sees potential in recycled biofuels. 

We want to partner with forward-thinking businesses and cities and turn their used cooking oil, grease or other waste into renewable fuel and products. The used cooking oil from McDonald’s is an excellent raw material for our Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The fuel is a renewable low-emission alternative to fossil diesel and requires no modifications to existing diesel-powered engines,” comments Nyberg.

Photo: McDonald’s

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