Fraport Maryland is partnering with Mahoney Environmental and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, (BWI) on Solution ZERO,, a zero waste, zero cost initiative to collect cooking oil at the airport for conversion into sustainable jet fuel and other renewable products.
BWI Marshall Airport is now collecting used cooking oil generated from its more than 50 hospitality partners that serve more than 18 million passengers per year at the airport.
The Solution ZERO program came about after Mahoney Environmental, a used cooking oil collection company and subsidiary fuels company, Neste, was brought in to examine the full used cooking oil collection and recycling process. The study included use of equipment, time in motion analytics, and overall efficiency measures.
“The result was a sustainability program that will revolutionize how used cooking oil collection will operate at BWI Marshall Airport now and for the future” noted Gary Gilliard, vice president of Fraport Maryland.
Under the program, used cooking oil will be recycled and transported to one of Neste’s refineries at no cost to the PIT concessionaires. The program is also expected to save airport maintenance thousands of dollars annually in dealing used cooking oil spills on and around airport property.
“Solution ZERO exemplifies the kind of initiatives that set Fraport apart as an industry leader and innovator, said Mike Mullaney, president & CEO of Fraport USA. “We set the bar very high to maximize airport efficiencies and create a best-in-class passenger experience.”