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Island biodiesel: Sustainable Energy
Background: Island Biodiesel was founded on the principles of sustainable living in an island economy, to solve an environmental and societal issue that was increasingly growing in the Cayman Islands. The islands relied on diesel for power generation and transport, but only imported high sulfur diesel that was destructive to the environment and damaging to vehicles. Island Biodiesel sought to fill that gap with the mission of using only recyclable feedstock - such as waste vegetable oil (WVO) from restaurants, instead of palm or cash crops that would be used for food purposes. Han Yang's main roles included design, branding, research and prototyping the stages of collection, production and distribution processes of WVO.
Process: Collection of WVO started with in-depth research of the characteristics of the restaurants, their preferred method of collection of WVO from the restaurants and encouraging a culture of recycling. Cayman Islands did not have a strong culture of recycling and restaurants which previously dumped their oil had little to no incentive to recycle the WVO due to the hassles involved. We provide a seamless experience to store and collect their WVO, lowering the barriers to inculcate positive behaviours to recycle. Slowly but surely, WVO recycling became habit forming through our relationship building, low-cost compensation and easy to adopt recycling program.
Result: We are currently collecting over 85% of the island’s WVO and serving land and sea-based customers a cleaner and cheaper (compared to petroleum diesel pump prices) source of energy. The drastically lower carbon and sulfur emissions helps protect the fragile marine environments which many residents rely on for marine tourism, also resulting in a more pleasant travel experience as the emissions from biodiesel are said to be reminiscent of french fries.