A new Quality Protocol for waste-derived biodiesel has been published by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as part of their Waste Protocols project.
A Quality Protocol contains the key criteria a product produced from a certain waste type must meet in order to ensure that it is no longer a waste, and as a result will not be subject to waste management controls.
Covering biodiesel produced from both rendered animal fat and waste cooking oil, it is hoped the Quality Protocol should not only lead to the increased use of biodiesel as a fuel, reducing demand for fossil fuels, it should also help divert waste from landfill.
In order to comply with the Quality Protocol, producers of biodiesels must rigorously record data and ensure that checks are in place to make sure the correct types of oil are used from acceptable sources before they can be used in the production of the biodiesel. The Quality Protocol also requires biodiesel producers to keep evidence of the batches of biodiesel that they produce for 12 months, to check the product meets the standards set out in the protocol and to ensure the product is available for testing should a sample be requested at a later date.
Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Energy and Renewables, Environmental Technologies and Food and Drink on 31 July 2009