Be it electric vehicles, AI or renewable energy, Emirati authorities have started trying out the best of tech to achieve their target of drastically reducing carbon emissions in the next few decades. Global corporations have also chosen the aspiring cluster of smart cities, as a launchpad for innovation which can boost sustainability.
E-commerce titan Amazon has announced its first Middle Eastern warehouse with an on-site solar plant in Dubai, and an American firm is ready to set up its largest facility that extracts water from air, in the UAE. Global furniture brand IKEA has also hit the brakes on emissions, by introducing biofuel instead of diesel or petrol, for vehicles transporting its goods in the country.
The firm’s green push is driven by a product called B100 Net Zero Biofuel, which is created in Dubai by a company called Neutral Fuels. This alternative to diesel is extracted by recycling leftover oil, instead of using plants or any other product from farms.
To demonstrate how eco-friendly B100 Net Zero Biofuel is, the founder of Neutral Fuels even drank it from a bottle during a video interview. In addition to getting rid of carbon emissions, the green alternative also brings down costs for firms, since the high lubrication it provides, helps engines last longer.
IKEA started replacing fossil fuels with this substance back in 2019, and as of now trucks which transport goods from a port in Dubai to the brand’s distribution centres, are running on B100 biofuel.
Biofuels along with clean options like green hydrogen, green ammonia and blue hydrogen, are emerging as an easy measure for significant emission cuts, till the complete electrification of roads. For reducing pollution while wagons are still running on fossil fuels, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil firm Aramco is testing tech to trap and recycle carbon being emitted by vehicles.