Green Fuels Ltd has been awarded a $100,000 (€86,000) grant in recognition of the work being undertaken in addressing the immediate and long term challenges resulting from the effects of the global pandemic.
The grant is designed to support and amplify the impact of the work Green Fuels is doing as a global producer of sustainable transport fuels.
The Unreasonable Impact COVID-19 Response initiative was launched by Barclays and Unreasonable Group earlier this year and has already supported 10 Unreasonable ventures that have pivoted their businesses to combat challenges related to COVID-19.
Green Fuels was chosen by a selection committee for the meaningful work they are doing in partnership with the waste management sector in Mumbai, India, to develop safe, reliable collection systems for food waste, suitable for use in developing countries COVID-19 lockdown.
Green Fuels CEO James Hygate said: “This project is important because existing collection systems are incompatible with social distancing, lockdowns or curfews, as they involve many ‘empty’ journeys, extensive contact between individuals, cash transactions and use of ad hoc containers that are not disinfectable and carry risk of virus transmission.
“The positive impact of our efforts will be huge; the abandonment of collection systems during the outbreak raises the risk of waste accumulation, vermin, food contamination and secondary disease outbreaks. In the case of waste cooking oil, which Green Fuels collects for refining into biodiesel, the specific threat is that oil will be retained in the human food chain after it has become toxic through repeated use.”
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