December 13, 2016
Suez and Total link up to collect and recycle used cooking oil in France
French waste management specialist Suez and oil giant Total have teamed
up to collect and recycle used cooking oil in France.
As part of their ten-year partnership, Suez will supply 20,000 metric
tonnes of used cooking oil a year to Total. Collected throughout France,
the oil will be processed into biofuel at Total’s La Mede biorefinery.
In response to growing demand for biofuel, Total is transforming its La
Mede site into France’s first biorefinery, one of the largest in Europe.
The facility will produce biodiesel by refining used cooking oil,
residual oil and vegetable oil. The high-quality biodiesel (HVO) will be
easily blended into regular diesel in any proportion, with no adverse
impact on fuel quality or engines.
At present, 45,000 tonnes a year of used cooking oil are collected in
France, out of an estimated total of more than 100,000 tonnes. The
partnership between Suez and Total will increase amount of used oil
collected by more than 20 percent and improve its conversion through a
short energy production loop beneficial for the environment.
Suez will deploy a France-wide oil collection and recycling system
suitable for all types of producers, from consumers to the leading
agri-food businesses. The oil will be transported to La Mede for
preliminary treatment in a filtration unit built by Suez.
Michel Charton, senior VP refining & base chemicals Europe of Total,
said: “I am delighted by this innovative partnership with Suez. This
industrial cooperation will allow us to establish a sustainable
country-wide industry to recycle used cooking oil to produce biofuels.
“The partnership helps Total meet its ambition of being the responsible
energy major. Renewable energies, especially biomass, are a critical
adjunct to oil and gas in order to meet demand for transportation fuel
while managing carbon emissions.”
Jean-Marc Boursier, senior executive VP of Suez, in charge of recycling
& recovery Europe, added: “I am very proud of this partnership with
Total. By helping to transform the La Mede industrial site, Suez is
supporting Total’s ambitious environmental goals - which we share. As a
partner of leading manufacturers in Europe and worldwide, we develop
tailored solutions to make industrial ecology a reality by optimising
the use of resources.
“Our collaboration with Total to process used cooking oil into biofuel
is a successful illustration of the circular economy.”
Suez, a key player in the circular economy through sustainable resource
management, supplies 92 million people with clean water and 65 million
with wastewater treatment services. It collects the waste of nearly 34
million people, recycles 16 million tonnes of waste a year and produces
7 TWh of local and renewable energy. Suez reported revenue of € 15.1
billion in 2015.
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