Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video Business

Chip fat fuels London's cabs

Monday, June 06, 2011 - 02:08

June 6 - As oil prices soar London's taxi drivers are increasingly turning to bio-diesel to fuel their famous black cabs - including one new product made from chip fat. Hayley Platt reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

Fresh from one of London's restaurants now it's being turned into bio-diesel to fuel London's taxis. Uptown oil collects waste cooking oil restaurants and pubs want to get rid of. They filter it at this refinery leaving it to settle. Then add methanol and sodium metholate to the mix creating a chemical reaction. Glycerol is then removed from the bio-diesel and voila it's ready for use. SOUNDBITE: Jason Askey-Wood, founding partner of Uptown Oil, saying (English): "Here we have the finished product, bio-diesel which was made from used cooking oil which you can see is a completely different colour, very clear, it smells pretty good and is very green." Jason Askey-Wood and Nigel Jewison started the business 3 years ago. Their aim - to get London's cabbies onboard. Compare the current cost of diesel at the pumps with Uptown oil and it's easy to see why many taxi drivers are switching to bio-diesel. SOUNDBITE: John, London taxi driver, saying (English): "I'm saving about £15 pound on each fill up so it's well worth it." SOUNDBITE: Gary, London taxi driver, saying (English): "It's good for the environment and it's saving us a few quid." SOUNDBITE: Unidentified London taxi driver, saying (English): "I was a bit worried at first like most people at what it might do to the engine until you realise that diesels are designed to run on vegetable oil they wasd designed to run on that." As well as taxis Jason and Nigel say they'd like to see more vehicles and businesses convert to using cleaner greener fuel. They've recently signed a deal with management consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers to supply green energy to their new London headquarters. SOUNDBITE: Jason Askey-Wood, founding partner of Uptown Oil, saying (English): "We'll be supplying 45,000 litres of month to them and fuel 25 percent of their energy needs for their head office." These cabbies aren't using bio-diesel but a 1,000 others are. Which all helps to cut down on Britain's CO2 emissions making for a healthier and greener environment. Hayley Platt, Reuters.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Chip fat fuels London's cabs

Monday, June 06, 2011 - 02:08