Cooking oil trial to power disabled transport scheme

A free service transporting disabled people in London is to trial a specially blended fuel made from used cooking oil for the next 12 months.

Plans put forward today (November 30) will see the Dial-a-Ride scheme, run by Transport for London (TfL), use cooking oil in 12 minibuses and, if successful, more vehicles in the future.

According to TfL the minibuses will produce 25% less emissions than a normal diesel-powered vehicle and following the trial could be extended across the scheme's entire fleet of more than 370 vehicles.

The minibuses, part of the scheme which made more than 1.3m trips last year, will trial B30 biofuel, which is 30% biodiesel and 70% petrodiesel, made by Argent Energy.

London's director of environment, Kulveer Ranger, said: "The mayor wants our great capital city to be cleaner and greener.

"He is committed to using innovative low carbon technology, such as biofuels, to help reduce emissions."

Argent Energy's development director, Dickon Posnett, said: "We're delighted TfL is trialling our B30 blend.

"Because our fuel is made by recycling waste, it's very sustainable it means that simply switching to our fuel instead of fossil fuel is a great way of reducing carbon emissions."

Luke Walsh


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