Partnership Lamb Weston / Meijer & quatra to close the circular loop of frying oil Wednesday 07 April 2021

100% biodiesel for factory routes provides additional CO2 reduction!

As of April 2021, Lamb Weston / Meijer cooperates with quatra on a sustainable basis to use biodiesel for transport from the fries factories to the processing plants. Thanks to this unique synergy, both are once again making their mark on the sustainability of their activities.

Each year, during the purification of the Lamb Weston / Meijer's fries factories, 1.6 million liters of used cooking oil are captured. Via quatra, the cooking oil is upcycled to 100% biodiesel (B100, HVO, without blending). This revolutionary green fuel reduces CO2 emissions by 90% compared to the current B7 diesel. A nice reduction towards a greener future!

Currently, the used frying oil from Lamb Weston / Meijer is already being transferred to the quatra processing plant for conversion to HVO biodiesel. This avoids 4,87 million kg of CO2 per year compared to the use of ordinary diesel, which is similar to the CO2 capture of 224,478 trees.

For Lamb Weston / Meijer, this new cooperation is the next step to optimize all transport movements in the chain, pursuing the ultimate goal, namely from factory to end-consumer on 100% biodiesel. This results in an additional saving of 18,622 kg CO2 annualized.

‘For quatra it is an interesting challenge to have the entire chain run on 100% biodiesel. Quatra’s service consists of collecting frying oil in the European food sector (industries, hospitality, private households). We return the collected UCO to the transport industry as a circular product’, explains Pol Van Pollaert on behalf of the quatra management. ‘We are very pleased that customers are becoming more and more interested in a sustainable partnership.’ 

CO2 savings as a commitment to the future

 The search for new sustainability opportunities in the chain is a priority on the agenda for both quatra and potato processor Lamb Weston / Meijer. After various processes, for example during maintenance, used cooking oil remains as a byproduct. The goal is to give it a second life.

‘It's great if you can use a residual product from the food chain to upcycle to 100% biodiesel that helps the transport between the factories. This makes our collaboration process circular and reduces significantly the CO2 emissions’, says Mariska van Dalen, Sustainability by Design Manager, ‘this corresponds with the sustainability agenda for 2030 by Lamb Weston / Meijer.’
‘To obtain this, we rely on chain partners who come up with interesting solutions to meet our commitments for the future,’ says Michiel Heesen, Category Procurement Manager of Lamb Weston / Meijer. 

Exchange of cooking oil and knowledge

quatra is an expert in the recycling of used cooking oil and has been doing so for all the fries factories of Lamb Weston / Meijer in the Netherlands (Kruiningen, Bergen op Zoom, Oosterbierum, Broekhuizenvorst). The Lamb Weston frying oil is used for the pre-baking process of deep-frozen fries.

quatra is an established player in its segment and collects used cooking oil in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France for other parties in the industry, the catering industry and for private households.

In the quatra factory, the used cooking oil is converted into raw material for the biodiesel and biogas industry. Especially with large parties such as Lamb Weston / Meijer, a significant impact can be made to reduce the carbon footprint. On an annual basis, this is comparable for the volumes of Lamb Weston / Meijer to a CO2 storage by 224.478 trees! As the transport between them will be on B100 diesel from now on, an additional CO2 storage is added, similar to 858 mature trees!

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