Recycling Oil Saves the Environment is a scheme set up with the purpose to manage and contract the collection of waste oil to be reused as an alternative fuel source to diesel, light fuel oil and gas.
The program was established seven years ago and through a partnership with Fulton Hogan, Petroleum Services Ltd, Salters Cartage Ltd and the Government, has already collected more than 100 million litres of used oil.
Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage said people and the environment benefit when businesses step up and consider what products they use and how to avoid harmful waste.
“The Recovering Oil Saves the Environment scheme is a good example of how we can shift away from a ‘take-make-waste’ economy to a ‘make-use-return’ one, where products are repeatedly re-used or recycled,” she said.
At the accreditation ceremony South Island General Manager Craig Stewart talked about the importance of having multiple approaches to reducing carbon emissions and increasing sustainable production.
“We all know there’s no silver bullet. The answer lies in a mix of steps; researching, experimenting, blending, testing and refining various approaches, strategies and sources or material,” he said.
Mr. Stewart also spoke of Fulton Hogan’s other circular economy initiatives, including PlastiPhalt, recycled asphalt and GreenFuels, and highlighted steps the government could take to increase demand for biodiesel.
Fulton Hogan has a target of reducing carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2025 from a base-line June 2017 level.