Purchase of used cooking oil for biodiesel production project
The Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited
The “Purchase of Used Cooking Oils for Biodiesel Production Project” is aimed at reducing fuel imports and trade deficit while saving foreign currencies, and more importantly, reducing environmental problems which influence Thai people’s health.
INTRODUCTIONUnder Bangchak’s “CSR in Process” policy the Bangchak Petroleum Plc. initiated the “Purchase of Used Cooking Oils for Biodiesel Production Project” is aimed at reducing fuel imports and trade deficit while saving foreign currencies, and more importantly, reducing environmental problems which influence Thai people’s health.
At the end of 2006, Bangchak began the “Purchase of used vegetable oil for biodiesel production” project to promote food vendors and consumers to sell their used cooking oil at designated Bangchak service stations.
Bangchak makes use of waste vegetable oils as feedstock for production of biodiesel for sale at Bangchak service stations. In Thailand, the Government is promoting the renewable energy and support to use the 3-7 percent biodiesel blend at Bangchak stations, where the blend provides the best balance of performance, emissions, fuel economy, and convenience. B3- B7 will run in any diesel engine without requiring vehicle modifications.
FRAMEWORK AND STRATEGYThe “Purchase of Used Cooking Oils for Biodiesel Production Project” is one of the CSR programs that encourages public participation in solving health and environmental problems through simple actions. After using vegetable oil for cooking, it is filtered and stored in a suitable container and sold to Bangchak.
In addition to the 20 designated service stations, Bangchak also organizes the “mobile purchase of used vegetable oil” activity, where executives and employees head out on weekends to promote the detrimental effects of re-using cooking oil at various markets throughout the city. Outreach from the ongoing cooperation with private entities and state agencies hits no less than 100,000 people.
ACHIEVEMENT AND IMPACTBangchak owns the technology that turns used cooking oils into biodiesel with a biodiesel production unit capacity of 25,000 liters per day.
From 2008-2013 the project was able to collect about 949,934 kilograms which was able to process into 806,594 liters of biodiesel (B100) and reduced CO2 Emission by about 634 tonnes CO2 and reduced fuel imports drastically.
The “Purchase of used vegetable oil for biodiesel production” project encourages the public in Bangkok to avoid reuse of vegetable oils and the release of used vegetable oils into public areas.
FUTURE DIRECTIONUnder a vision of Greenergy Excellence, Bangchak has introduced sustainable management as its key component where social and environmental KPIs are made operating goals on top of business ones (financial, customer, process, and people). The Company adheres to an open, transparent and verifiable policy in the operations and has set a goal of low carbon dioxide emissions to minimize environmental impacts from its own refining business, and plans for social and environmental friendly business models. The CSR projects will continue to empower more people, more private agencies and more state agencies to solve health and environmental problems.
This leading Thai petroleum company imports crude oil and refines it into products with a maximum capacity of 120,000 barrels per day, while operating more than 1,000 service stations. Now the Company has ventured into promoting alternative energy and has embarked on a solar power plant project amongst other agreements.