BWI airport to collect UCO from partners to produce SAF

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Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport will collect used cooking oil (UCO) from its 50 hospitality partners, which will then be used to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
This initiative, by the Maryland-based airport in the US, forms part of the airport’s sustainability project Solution Zero, which was launched in partnership with Fraport USA and cooking oil collection company Mahoney Environmental.
In 2020, Fraport engaged Mahoney Environmental to conduct a study of UCO and recycling for the entire concessions programme.
The study included the use of equipment, time-and-motion analytics and overall efficiency measures.
Gary Gilliard, a vice-president at Fraport USA, said: “The result was a sustainability programme that will revolutionise how used cooking oil collection will operate at BWI Marshall Airport now and for the future.”
Dave Kimball, president and CEO of Mahoney Environmental, said: “We are excited to be working with another premier US airport. Our used cooking oil collection systems and processes are specifically designed to eliminate safety concerns for restaurant employees who work with hot oils. This new project will also enable BWI Marshall Airport to become more sustainable.”
Mike Mullaney, president and CEO of Fraport USA, stated: “Solution Zero exemplifies the kinds of initiatives that set Fraport apart as an industry leader and innovator. We set the bar very high to maximize airport efficiencies and create a best-in-class passenger experience.”

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