The UK biofuel industry has been urged to process more of London’s waste cooking fats and oils into biodiesel to fuel the city’s buses, by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
London’s bus fleet uses approximately 250 million litres of fuel each year, 20% of which could be made up of biodiesel, while demand from other vehicles is also increasing with use expected to rise from 4.75% to 10% of all transport fuel in the UK by 2020.
The capital has the highest concentration of food businesses in the country, producing between 32 and 44 million litres of used cooking oil every year.
The Mayor outlined his vision at City Hall to collectors and processors of cooking oil, bus fleet operators, Transport for London and members of the catering and food industry. Included in the proposals were plans to help deliver the capital’s first biofuel refinery.