HELSINKI: Hesburger, a Finnish restaurant chain, is supplying green energy company Neste with used cooking oil from 300 restaurants to be recycled as renewable diesel for its transport fleet.
Every year, company restaurants in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania produce up to 420 tons of used cooking oil. The new deal will enable its truck emissions to be cut 90 percent compared to using fossil diesel.
“We reduce our emissions by investing in plant protein products and energy efficiency, and by planning our transports effectively,” said company Communications manager Heini Santos. “Recycling and the circular economy have also been important focal points in the development of our activities, and this circular economy collaboration with Neste is a perfect match with our aims.”
Last month the two companies surveyed 1,000 consumers and 52 percent of respondents acknowledged that climate mitigation was easier to do around the home. However 65 percent said external actions - whether moving, traveling or eating – was much harder and therefore companies and consumers should share the responsibility.
“This circularity collaboration with Hesburger is a concrete example of how collaboration can improve sustainability,” explained Heidi Peltonen, Neste Team Lead for Sustainable Partnerships in Marketing & Services. “At the same time, our climate action creates value for consumers visiting Hesburger restaurants, as the cooking oil used in making their French fries can be reused as a raw material for renewable diesel to reduce transportation emissions.
“In this way, we can provide consumers with an opportunity to make more responsible everyday purchasing decisions in Finland and in the Baltic region,” she added.
Hesburger employs 8,000 people in restaurants in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Belarus.
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