Hilton hotels partners with Egypt's Tagaddod to generate bio-diesel in support of environmental sustainability

26 Oct 2017

Cairo, Egypt: Hilton, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, is further demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability by entering into a partnership with Tagaddod, a cutting-edge renewable energy and waste management company specialized in making biodiesel from used cooking oil. A total of 15 Hilton hotels in Egypt will participate in the program: Hilton Alexandria Corniche, Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza, Hilton Alexandria King’s Ranch, Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residences, Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences, Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort, Hilton Hurghada Resort, Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort, Hilton Pyramids Golf, Hilton Sharks Bay Resort, Hilton Sharm Dreams, Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz Resort, Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort, Ramses Hilton and Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa.

“At Hilton, we all have a shared responsibility to be good stewards of natural resources. We are continually seeking new and innovative ways to reduce and repurpose waste,” said Mohab Ghali, Vice President of Operations, Egypt and North Africa, Hilton. “Our partnership with Tagaddod not only supports our commitment to environmental sustainability, but it also adds tremendous value to each of our hotels’ corporate social responsibility initiatives in terms of waste management; contributing to creating even better experiences for our guests and a better community in which we operate.”

The 15 participating Hilton hotels are expected to provide Tagaddod with more than 1564 Kilos of used cooking oil every month. The company will then use the oil to produce biodiesel and crude glycerin with an average 1330 kilos expected to be produced in the same day in the factory, comprised of 85% used oil. The biodiesel and crude glycerin will be exported to be used by international waste management companies in France, the United Kingdom, Italy and the Netherlands.

“Partnering with Hilton across Egypt brings us one step closer to becoming the leading renewable energy provider to businesses and households in the Middle East,” said Ahmed Raafat, COO, Tagaddod. “We offer a green, safe and hassle-free waste cooking oil disposal service to hotels and restaurants. At Tagaddod, we strongly believe that renewable energy is the way forward and Hilton is helping lead the way as industry leaders and conscientious members of our sustainable community.”

Renewable energy is already delivering electricity to millions of people worldwide, providing and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs, and offering the opportunities of a growing multibillion-pound market. Tagaddod operates an ISCC certified production facility, which produces biodiesel from used cooking oil (UCOME). Biodiesel is a green fuel that is used in conventional diesel engines, which can directly substitute for or extend supplies of traditional petroleum diesel. To ensure high quality product, Tagaddod checks the quality of the oil it receives. Oil with impurities of more than 5% is deemed unacceptable for their production of biodiesel and crude glycerin. The company is exploring the possibility of expanding their production to recycle used cans and plastic bottles in the future.

As an industry leader in the hospitality sector, Hilton leverages LightStay, its proprietary corporate responsibility performance measurement platform, to understand how hotels are managing energy, water and waste – allowing the company to drive improvements over time. Since launching LightStay, Hilton has gathered more than seven years of global data to help create tools and trainings for hotels, save value for the company and owners, and improve reporting to share best practices and further reduce the environmental impact. For more information on LightStay and Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, please visit: http://cr.hiltonworldwide.com/environments

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