Boris styles London as future biodiesel hub

Mayor of London Boris Johnson sees a capital role for used cooking oil – he believes it could make London a future hub for biodiesel. That’s after a report found […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Mayor of London Boris Johnson sees a capital role for used cooking oil – he believes it could make London a future hub for biodiesel.

That’s after a report found the city creates between 32 and 44 million litres of used cooking oil every year.

A paper called ‘The market for biodiesel production from used cooking oils and fats, oils and greases in London’, produced for the Greater London Authority by LRS Consultancy, puts this down to the fact the city has the highest concentration of food businesses in the UK.

The Mayor said: “By capturing used cooking oil right here in London and turning it into biodiesel we could provide 20% of the fuel needed to power London’s entire bus fleet, while saving more than 50,000 tonnes of CO2 and creating hundreds of new jobs.”

One project to trap used cooking oil from businesses in London before it can clog up the sewers is set to burn it in a power station.