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Festival of Ideas WORP

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  • 1. Waste Oil Recycling Project WORP provides accredited training and work experience to offenders in prison to convert waste cooking oil to high quality biodiesel. The biodiesel is used in prison vehicles or community buses and offenders are helped out of the re-offending cycle.
  • 2. The big picture
  • 3. Benefits and savings
    • Carbon benefits:
    • 80% lower carbon emissions of biodiesel than mineral diesel
    • Reduced organic waste
    • Local fuel production and use – less transport emissions
    • Social and financial benefits:
    • Accredited training for offenders
    • Offender work experience and business opportunities leading to reduced reoffending
    • Lower fuel costs for public services
  • 4. Measures of success
    • Prison vehicles piloting WORP, running on biodiesel. SE area prisons could save 266 tonnes CO2 and £47,500 using prison-made biodiesel.
    • 45 offenders trained. Released offenders have gained work due to this training.
    • 3. Local authorities and businesses interest in buying surplus fuel. Other prisons interested in adopting model.
  • 5. Challenge and support
    • development funding – for production and expanding to other prisons
    • our message to go to policy makers
    • commissions from public services
    • sourcing funding to develop our potential
    • commissioning contracts with other prisons
    • using glycerine – a bio-diesel by-product
    The biggest challenges: The biggest challenges for WORP: To help WORP develop and grow, we need: