Zero CO2 emissions
100% unblended biodiesel, known as B100, is entirely carbon neutral. This means that when an engine or generator is fuelled by B100, the amount of CO2 (and equivalents) emitted is zero. Dubai companies such as Emirates Airlines report the carbon footprint of regular diesel as 2.664 kg CO2e per litre. Biodiesel represents an opportunity for every business to neutralise its transport and generator carbon footprint.
Reduced smog-forming potential
The ozone forming potential of biodiesel combustion is approximately 50% less than that of fossil diesel (US Environmental Protection Agency). In cities where smog is a growing problem, this characteristic is directly beneficial.
Elimination of sulfur emissions
Compared to fossil diesel, biodiesel exhaust emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates are virtually non-existent. These compounds are principal contributors to the formation of acid rain.
Other pollutants reduced
Biodiesel use has been found to substantially reduce levels of unburnt hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and soot (particulates) in exhaust emissions.
EXTENDED ENGINE LIFE
Biodiesel has excellent lubricating properties which help prevent premature engine wear and failure. All diesel fuel injection systems rely to some extent on the lubrication provided by the fuel. These systems typically have fuel injection pumps and fuel injectors which have moving parts. The use of fuel with low lubricity increases the rates of wear due to metal-to-metal contact in these components, whereas high lubricity fuel reduces wear and thus prolongs engine life.
Biodiesel acts as a cleaning detergent in fuel systems. This means that over time it removes sludge deposits and cleans up fuel systems, thus improving efficiency and reducing maintenance costs. Studies by major fuel injection manufacturers have demonstrated significant reduction in wear after biodiesel usage.
IMPROVED HEALTH AND SAFETY
High flashpoint (160oC)
Biodiesel has a higher flashpoint than fossil diesel and is thus safer to store and poses less of a fire risk in the event of accidents.
Biodiesel is non-toxic so exposure to it poses very little risk to staff and the environment.
Fit with sustainability strategy
UCO-to-biodiesel is tightly aligned with the ethical, environmental and economic values which form the core of corporate sustainability strategies.
There is substantial value from a public relations standpoint as companies adopt sustainable business practices.