TGI Friday’s cooks up carbon savings

TGI Friday's has struck a deal with Convert2Green to collect waste cooking oil from 50 of its restaurants and turn it into bio-diesel.

The waste oil will be processed at Convert2Green’s Cheshire plant and used to fuel TGI Friday’s supply chain partner 3663’s trucks, which deliver food to the restaurants.

“Converting our used cooking oil to bio-diesel to fuel the trucks is part of TGI Friday’s wider social responsibility charter – it’s just one of many ways we’re working to meet our ambitious targets,” said TGI’s head of supply chain, Alyson Scott.

He added: “We have clear goals to reach in terms of recycling and energy savings – our aim is to eradicate all landfill by 2012 and reduce our energy consumption by 15% by the same date – and we’re well on track to achieving both of those targets.”

Scott believes that by recycling the waste cooking oil, it could help the company reduce its carbon emissions by up to 90%.

“It’s great that TGI Friday’s is thinking about the disposal of its waste cooking oil. The waste-to-energy cycle passes on carbon savings through the supply chain, in this case via supply chain partner 3663,” said Convert2Green’s business development director Brian Rowlands.

Convert2Green works in partnership with several key clients in the food and hospitality industry, including Robinson’s pubs, Cygnet Foods and Tamar foods.

Maxine Perella

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