Used cooking oil from restaurants, cafeterias, caterers and food providers in Port Moresby is to be recycled into biodiesel under a signed MOU with the Biofuel Research & Development project at Pacific Adventist University.
A survey conducted in 2013 in Port Moresby estimated thousands of litres of used cooking oil per annum produced by catering facilities – which are either disposed at landfill and sewerage systems and may cause environmental problems.
Working on used cooking oil to energy recycling initiative enables the project to achieve a number of key environmental objectives including promoting and supporting an environmental pollution reduction program that encourages the reduction of CO2 emissions in the country.
Since February this year, the project has been collecting used cooking oil weekly from catering facilities under the signed MOU in an attempt to recycle waste cooking oil into high quality biofuel based on local research testing and experimental results. The biodiesel plant which is now at building mid-point is scheduled for launching at the project site at the Pacific Adventist University in June this year.
It is encouraging to see catering facilities in the food and hospital industry in the country agree to the disposal of waste cooking oil for a cleaner environment as it is produced in large quantities in the capital city of Port Moresby. The project research team will continue to work with other catering facilities to join this significant national waste to energy recycling program. By allowing the research project to refine it, the waste to energy cycle passes on carbon savings through the supply chain.
TOP L-R: Used Cooking Oil (UCO) collection at Holiday Inn Hotel, Ela Beach Hotel, Hideaway Hotel.
BOTTOM L-R: UCO collected at the biodiesel plant site at Pacific Adventist University, biofuel project logo