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Restaurant Technologies and Chevron Renewable Energy Group closing the loop

Restaurant Technologies and Chevron Renewable Energy Group closing the loop
Restaurant Technologies is the leading provider of cooking-oil management and back-of-house hood and exhaust cleaning solutions to over 27 000 national quick-service and full-service restaurant chains, independent restaurants, grocery delis, hotels, casinos, convenience stores, universities, and hospitals (photo courtesy Restaurant Technologies).

In the United States (US), Restaurant Technologies Inc. is taking a step forward in its sustainability journey by utilizing biofuels from Chevron Renewable Energy Group, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (Chevron), in its commercial vehicle fleet. The step is unique because the biofuels come from Restaurant Technologies’ own total oil management business – one which manages millions of gallons of fresh and used cooking oil for major restaurant chains across the country each year.

For more than a decade, Restaurant Technologies has provided Chevron Renewable Energy Group (previously Renewable Energy Group) with used cooking oil (UCO), collected from its 34,000+ customers. The used oil is utilized as a feedstock to produce biodiesel and renewable diesel.

By utilizing these lower carbon fuels in its own fleet, the two organizations are creating a working circular economy.

Our goal has always been to reduce the impact on humans and the environment by better managing cooking oil. And as a company focused on sustainability, we are really excited to be able to ‘walk the walk’ by fueling our own commercial fleet with biofuel created from the used cooking oil we collect, said Jeff Kiesel, President, and CEO of Restaurant Technologies.

Biodiesel and renewable diesel are lower carbon alternatives to traditional petroleum diesel that may help fleet operators reduce the lifecycle carbon intensity of their operations.

The fuels are traditionally utilized as a blend, either being blended with one another to produce a 100 percent renewable fuel or blended with petroleum diesel.

Chevron believes the future of energy is lower carbon. And bio-based diesel is a lower carbon solution for the transportation sector. Our collaboration with Restaurant Technologies to secure renewable feedstocks has been critical to our work for years. Now it’s our turn to help them achieve their sustainability goals through the use of biofuels, with the adoption of our EnDura Fuels, said Kevin Lucke, President of Chevron Renewable Energy Group.

Restaurant Technologies will initially utilize a B30-B50 blend, 30-50 percent InfiniD (biodiesel), with the remainder petroleum diesel.

Chevron Renewable Energy Group is already delivering biofuels to power Restaurant Technologies’ fleet located at the Des Moines, Iowa (IA) depot, with plans to expand to more depot locations across the nation.

Restaurant Technologies runs the most effective proprietary closed-loop oil management system through its extensive network of depots across the United States. By adopting a process where the company can use biofuel created through its own business model, Restaurant Technologies is setting an example for those who prioritize sustainability as a business practice, said Tyler Reeder, Managing Partner, ECP, and a Board Member at Restaurant Technologies.

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