18 Green Energy

18 Green Energy


Edible oil direct is an independent,
family-owned company that was established
in 2004. Peter O’Hara
is its Managing Director. Tell us about your company
and what you do. What we do here is we retail cooking oils,
all types, to the catering trade. We then, when those oils are
finished with, we collect those oils, we bring them back here,
we refine them and we turn them
into a biofuel which is sustainable
for all types of applications. And that is the company
in a nutshell so to speak. Basically we are very much
into the renewable energy and the company was based
on a closed-loop philosophy and that closed loop represents
something that has a starting point and has a finishing point,
in other words a complete cycle. Why did you decide
to set up Edible oil direct? I wanted to get involved with something
that was going to help the environment which was going to help,
like Co2 emissions, so that was my first stage,
and the starting point was selling edible oil which
eventually would turn into a biofuel. Can you explain what
makes edible oil sustainable? The fuel that it’s going to be,
the biodiesel as we call it, is very much sustainable and
in fact it lowers the emissions levels, there’s hardly any Co2. It’s also
a very good lubricating factor for engines and the solvent within
that biofuel cleans engines and therefore it really is something
for the future or we hope it is, anyway. How do consumers benefit from
using sustainable fuel? Well,
apart from the, obviously the… the environmental
side which is on the emissions and the low Co2, it’s the benefits,
it helps the pocket as well. The… the government have allowed
a differential on duty of 20p and therefore
that 20p is passed on to the consumer. How has edible oil developed
since it was set up? We’ve been going
now for seven years, just over seven years,
and it’s been rapid growth. You know, starting from me
in a little van delivering oil, we’re… we’re now approaching
a 5-million turnover per annum. That is going
to grow next year. We employ 15 people and we’re
hoping to introduce another two. How do you see
the future for the company? Changes are happening
all the time with the business, since we first started and I think
it’s very much the changes are pushing us rather than us
pushing the changes. One of the things that we need to do
is to try and convince the OEMs, which are the car manufacturers
and the truck manufacturers, that biodiesel is a
sustainable, clean fuel. We’re also looking to expand the business,
the business needs to expand and again, it’s not a question of us pushing to
expand it, we’re being pushed to do that. We’ve bought a premises which now
occupies well over 14,000 square feet, so we’re able now to introduce
a new biodiesel line which the extra demand
from next year for biofuels, from our major customers,
and also to portray a better image of our business
to the likes of the OEMs. So the future does look bright
and it looks green. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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