Place: Europe
Year(s): 2012-2015
Sector: Biomass & Bioenergy

Promotion of used cooking oil recycling for sustainable biodiesel production

RecOil aims to increase sustainable biodiesel production and its local market intake by enhancing the household used cooking oil (UCO) collection and transformation. Biodiesel produced from UCO could replace 1,5% of the EU27 diesel consumption, helping Member States to reach the target to incorporate 10% of renewable energy in transports in compliance with Directive 2009/28/CE, and reduce CO2 emissions by 20%, by 2020. Over 60% of the UCO produced is improperly disposed of. The domestic sector, to which there are no wide spread collection systems, is the main source of UCO in some EU countries. RecOil will assess the “UCO to biodiesel” chain best practices, through a household survey, the industry expertise, and local / regional authorities’ cooperation, to develop an on-line decision-making guide. This tool will assist stakeholders in developing a chain adjusted to local specificities (geographic, social, economic, legislation, and climate). It will be shared with all the EU interested parties, in order to promote the replication of good practices.

Pilot projects will be implemented, according to the most promising practices identified, for validation. A review of the legal and market barriers and opportunities will be made available to the policy makers and stakeholders. Small on-site systems will demonstrate sustainable fuels, and will benefit local communities economically and environmentally.

RecOil is implemented in a well balanced group of regions, combining areas with UCO to biodiesel chains already in place with regions with less experience or lacking successful systems, to maximise knowledge and experience sharing. The private industry sector is represented in the consortium by ELINbiofuels (a member of the European Biodiesel Board) and by the European Biomass Industry Association. Their expertise is vital not only to the quality of the project results but mainly to their transferability at EU level. They congregate the main key actors and stakeholders targeted by the project, facilitating its implementation. RecOil addresses the 2011 call priority: “activation and strengthening of the most sustainable liquid biofuel supply chains from producers to end-users, in particular of non-land-using biofuels (e.g. from waste cooking oil…), which are already available on the market”.