PAU ready to share the ‘good oil’

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 

Used cooking oil from restaurants, caterers and food providers in Port Moresby is to be recycled into biodiesel under an agreement with the Biofuel Research & Development project at Pacific Adventist University (PAU).

it’s encouraging to see catering facilities in the food and hospital industry agree to the wise disposal of waste cooking oil for a cleaner environment

A survey conducted in 2013 estimated that thousands of litres of used cooking oil is produced by catering facilities in Port Moresby each year. The waste oil is either disposed at landfill or poured into sewerage systems, both of which can cause environmental problems.

The used cooking oil-to-energy recycling initiative is designed to achieve a number of key environmental objectives, including promoting and supporting an environmental pollution reduction program that aims to reduce CO2 emissions in the country. 

Since February, the project has been collecting used cooking oil from catering facilities weekly in an attempt to recycle waste cooking oil into high quality biofuel, based on local research testing and experimental results. The biodiesel plant, currently halfway to completion, is scheduled to begin operations in June.

PAU representatives say it’s encouraging to see catering facilities in the food and hospital industry agree to the wise disposal of waste cooking oil for a cleaner environment. The project research team will continue to encourage other catering facilities to join this significant national waste-to-energy recycling program.