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Biofuels: Military Bases

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether steps are being taken to utilise used cooking and fuel oils from military bases for recycling as an ingredient in biofuels; (105155)

(2) what arrangements are in place for (a) the (i) safe and (ii) environmentally sustainable disposal of cooking and fuel oils and (b) the reuse of cooking and fuel oils from military bases.

[holding answer 7 December 2006]: The MOD's Disposal Services Agency and the Defence Fuels Group are currently investigating the possibility of recycling used cooking oils as bio-diesel. Fuel oils are sold on for use as marine diesel, for use in the domestic heating market or for use as incinerator fuel.

Individual units dispose of cooking and fuel oils locally, commonly through multi-activity contracts. All contractors must comply with environmental legislation governing the transport and disposal of used oils.