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The firm says it is determined to reduce its carbon footprint
McDonald’s puts oil to green use  /  Sunday, 1 July 2007

McDonald’s is to convert all its UK delivery vehicles to run on
biodiesel, using the firm’s supply of cooking oil.

The fast-food chain has pledged to convert all its 155 vehicles by
next year, starting with 45 lorries based at its distribution centre
in Hampshire.

By using the fuel – made by combining cooking oil and rapeseed oil –
the firm said it would save more than 1,650 tonnes of carbon every

The move follows a successful trial last year.

‘Environmental example’

McDonald’s has long faced criticism over its environmental record.

The firm said it was “delighted” to be putting its large stock of
cooking oil to a “practical, efficient use” within its own business.

“This is a great example of how businesses can work together to help
the environment,” said its senior vice president Matthew Howe.

The retailer added that it was working on a range of other initiatives
spanning recycling and packaging to reduce its carbon emissions.

It said it was committed to working with its suppliers to reduce the
use of pure rapeseed oil in its manufacturing process.