KLM to fly on China gutter oil

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&art_id=124283&sid=37005603&con_type=1

    LM Royal Dutch Airlines is helping rid the mainland of one health issue, saying it plans to buy tonnes of gutter oil for use as fuel.

    The airline, which currently uses a 50-50 mix of bio and fossil fuels, said it needs as much as 120,000 tonnes of jet fuel each year.

    It has offered to buy 2,000 tonnes of gutter oil - a term used in the mainland to describe cooking oil that has already been used - from Shanghai to be refined into aviation fuel.
    It was found that some restaurants were using it to prepare meals, causing a health hazard.
    In June last year, KLM made the world's first biodiesel-fueled flight, carrying 171 passengers from Amsterdam to Paris.

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    For the technically minded, transforming cooking oil into aviation fuel is a ridiculously wasteful and energy consuming process. Any such "biodiesel" news can only be viewed as a pathetic publicity stunt.
    A true environmentally friendly use for the gutter oil would be as fuel in a Chinese power plant - replacing the dirty and polluting coal, that they're currently burning.
     
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    KLM at least does something, this has to be a good thing!
     
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    In this case, it's not a good thing - because it doubles the amount of pollution. First, they still burn aviation fuel when they fly the planes (as they normally do). On top of that, they run a process that requires chemicals and energy. To generate that extra energy requires burning of fossil fuels. Worse yet - to generate that extra energy in China requires burning sulfur-contaminated coal.

    The net result: to create this cheap publicity stunt KLM increased the use of fossil fuels and air pollution.
     
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    You mean they don't just pour the grease into the center fuel tank and hope the fuel lines don't clog up like our arteries? ;)
     
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