From French fries to fuel

Neste, the world’s third-most sustainable company and a leading provider of renewable diesel, is teaming up with McDonald’s Netherlands and logistics firm HAVI to create a circular economy partnership.

As a result of this collaboration, the fast food company will recycle used cooking oil from making French fries, turning it into Neste MY Renewable Diesel that will be used in HAVI trucks that deliver items back to the restaurant chain. This type of diesel allows users to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over the fuel’s life cycle when compared to conventional fossil fuels.

Making logistics future-proof

The used cooking oil will be collected from 252 McDonald’s locations by HAVI and then turned into renewable diesel at a refinery in Rotterdam where the company’s trucks are loaded with fuel. McDonald’s hopes the partnership will be followed by other steps to make the company’s logistics operations more sustainable and future-proof, and it’s also looking into the use of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Neste, which opened a new office in the Amsterdam Area last year, also has eco-centric aspirations. Carl Nyberg, the executive vice president of the company’s renewable road transportation business unit, said in a press release that, "Neste's ambition is to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. We are excited to partner with McDonald's in the Netherlands and HAVI to demonstrate how a circular economy can be promoted in practice. 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.”

Amsterdam is focused on sustainability

At all levels, Amsterdam is focused on sustainability and circularity. The Dutch capital was recently named one of the world’s most eco-friendly cities for workers due in part to its extensive cycling network, and the local government is working to power 80% of homes with sustainable energy by 2030.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol transports passengers with electric buses and KLM, the Netherlands’ flagship airline, will purchase 75,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel each year to cut emissions. In January, the city also opened its first hydrogen refuelling station at the Port of Amsterdam.

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