Abu Dhabi begins family assortment of cooking oil for a brand new biofuel plant

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Abu Dhabi’s Waste Management Center will begin recycling edible oil waste from households and restaurants to produce biofuels.

Abdul Mohsin Al Katheeri, acting director of projects and facilities at Tadweer, said the doorstep project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

The residents receive safe containers to safely dispose of their used oil.

The edible oil used is treated with fatty acid to produce biodiesel. Imagine turning the used cooking oil into biodiesel in your kitchen

Abdul Mohsin Al Katheeri

An approved recycling company will take these containers to Tadweers Waste to Energy Plant, which is currently under construction.

The processing unit is being set up with the help of Emirates Water and Electricity Company, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation.

“The used edible oil is treated with fatty acid to make biodiesel. Imagine turning the used cooking oil in your kitchen into biodiesel, ”said Al Katheeri.

The project’s investors will reach out to restaurants and hotels and ask them to recycle their used cooking oil.

“And for people’s homes, we will have a collection center with containers to dispose of the waste oil,” he said.

Tadweer has been recycling used lubricating oil into base oil since 2010.

Abdul Mohsin Al Katheeri, acting director of projects and facilities at the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center, says residents will be provided with secure bins to safely dispose of their waste oil. Khushnum Bhandari / The National.

“Base oil is used to make different types of oils or lubricants for the industrial sector,” said Al Katheeri.

“A project to make biofuels from waste, including sustainable aviation fuel, biodiesel and methanol, is also in preparation.

“Converting waste into biofuels will not only benefit Tadweer in achieving its waste diversion goals, but will also support the UAE aviation industry with the new international regulation to reduce CO2 emissions.”

In 2016, governments around the world adopted the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction System for International Aviation (Corsia) to stabilize net carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation from 2021.

Corsia has applied for international aviation since January 2019 when all airlines were required to report their CO2 emissions annually. Airlines must cut their CO2 emissions in half by 2050.

This recycling factory in Abu Dhabi turns thousands of old tires into fuel.  Source: Tadweer

This recycling factory in Abu Dhabi turns thousands of old tires into fuel. Source: Tadweer

“Some international airlines like British Airlines have already started using low-carbon fuel,” he said.

Several airlines such as Etihad, Air France, Air New Zealand and KLM have tested flights using biofuels.

Recycled concrete was even used to build the Mafraq-Ghuwaifat International Highway, which connects Abu Dhabi with the Saudi border.

By 2030, Tadweer plans to recycle 80 percent of its municipal solid waste such as food and treat 100 percent of its hazardous waste.

Abu Dhabi generates 2.5 million tons of waste every year, 25 to 30 percent of which is food.

“We can turn all kinds of waste into energy,” said Al Katheeri.

“As soon as the plant is up and running, we can divert around 600,000 tons of waste annually.

“Most of the waste is now going to the landfill, which means you have a mountain of waste [piling up] that there is nothing you can do about it, ”he said.

“Another goal is to recycle 800,000 tons of waste per year in Abu Dhabi and 350,000 tons in Al Ain to reject derived fuel.”

The ultimate goal, he said, is to maximize waste recycling and move away from using landfill.

There is currently a landfill in Al Ain, which was built in 2008 for non-hazardous waste. It has a capacity of 20 years.

It is planned to set up three technical landfills in Abu Dhabi, Al Dhafrah and Al Ain to receive waste for the next 25 years.

There are also six landfill sites in the Al Dhafrah area and one in Hamim, Abu Dhabi.

Tadweer’s landfills and landfills received around 4,254,662 tons of municipal waste as well as commercial and industrial non-hazardous waste last year.

It has recycling facilities for tires, hazardous medical waste and construction waste.