Could a used cooking oil be recycled into diesel fuel for cars? A biodiesel co-operative in Kapiti, New Zealand, aims to find an answer to this question.
Matt Lamason and his friends will collect used cooking oil from restaurants and other local businesses. The co-op decided to launch the sustainable project to find a viable solution in reducing waste cooking oil and greenhouse emissions by 86 percent.
The Kapiti Biodiesel Co-operative currently consists of six members, including Lamason. The group aims to raise $5,500 via a crowd-funding campaign, before launching the first biodiesel product in 2018.
Ramsey Margolis serves as the advisor for the co-op start-up. Instead of planning to “scale up,” the group intends to be a good example to other communities. While the initiative is beneficial to the environment, some industrial energy resources require other means of safe and efficient disposal.
For petroleum products, a waste oil collection tank – offered by firms such as Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited – should be one of your options. Recycling will need to be more prominent in the future, as International Energy Agency (IEA) expects global demand for oil to grow continually through 2040.
The IEA’s 2017 World Energy Outlook showed that trucks, planes and shipping would drive demand for oil consumption worldwide, despite lower usage by passenger cars due to the introduction of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles.
Aside from oil, New Zealand should take advantage of a projected increase in demand for natural gas. The IEA report estimated that global demand for natural gas would rise by 45 percent by 2040.
Cameron Madgwick, CEO of Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand, said that the increase in demand partly stems from natural gas having “half the greenhouse emissions of coal.”
Sustainable projects to recycle energy sources should be more common in New Zealand, especially since consumption will likely remain strong in the next 20 years.