Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Biodiesel produced will be sold to oil companies to blend it with regular diesel
India can convert 220 Cr litre of UCO to produce biodiesel by 2022: FSSAI
Zomato will collect around 1000 lakh litres of UCO from restaurants per month
With a vision to reduce the wastage of used cooking oil in the country, tech-food unicorn Zomato has inked a partnership with the biodiesel manufacturer, BioD Energy.
Reportedly, the food delivery company will collect used cooking oil from restaurants around the country to be processed into biodiesel by BioD Energy. The newly produced biodiesel will then be sold to oil manufacturing companies which, in turn, will blend it with regular diesel.
The partnership of Zomato and BioD aims to collect around 1000 lakh litres of used cooking oil (UCO) from the restaurants per month and convert it into biodiesel. According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), India is one of the largest consumers of vegetable oil. Moreover, the country has the potential to convert 220 Cr litre of UCO to produce biodiesel by the year 2022.
Ritesh Khera, vice president (sustainability) at Zomato, said that the company will be able to collect around 1000 tonnes of UCO per month from 1,000+ kitchens in Delhi-NCR and a few other cities in North India. “We will collect from several large QSR (quick-service restaurant) brands, hotels, and food processors,” he added.