Neutral Fuels has created a mobile app to enable tighter control of the collection and delivery of used cooking oil (UCO).
The biofuel maker collects thousands of litres of UCO from McDonald’s restaurants in Dubai every day and delivers them to its refinery.
Here the waste oil is processed into Net Zero biofuel for its customers, creating a self-sufficient closed loop for the city-scale operation.
Since 2011, the McDonald’s UAE logistics vehicle fleet has driven on 100% Net Zero biofuel made from its own waste oil processed by Neutral Fuels.
In 2019, the company reduced its carbon emissions by 2,405,862 kilograms.
“A paperless collection and delivery process improves the company’s logistics operation,” said Walid Fakih, general manager of McDonald’s UAE.
“The app increases the productivity of the drivers and reduces the chance of errors. From a management point of view, it gives us an even tighter control of all information in the process and enables us to quickly track quantities and provenance.”
The new mobile app was developed by another company within the Neutral Group, Neutral Software based in New Zealand.
Karl Feilder, innovative CEO of the Neutral Group, added: “Neutral Software is also currently developing a new client portal as part of a larger group project to bring all of its Internet of Things data in-house and reduce dependence on third party services and solutions.”
Neutral Fuels supplies locked-down GPS aware tablets to McDonald's drivers each morning together with that day’s collection information.
All along the supply chain, delivery and collection records are agreed and approved between driver, restaurant manager and the Neutral Fuels refinery, enabling admin staff to manage deliveries.
“The good thing about developing the app in-house is that we can add other elements McDonald’s UAE may want recorded in the future,” said Feilder. “We’ve developed a slightly different version of the app for use by municipalities, and will continue to use technology to give our clients an edge that enables them to improve fuel consumption and logistics.”
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