Aedes Biobased Biodiesel Fuel: A greener alternative to diesel for fogging
The Aedes Biobased Biodiesel Fuel (ABBF) replaces diesel as a fuel for fogging activities that weakens Aedes mosquitoes responsible for dengue fever transmission in most Southeast Asian countries.
Dengue fever is no stranger to tropical countries like Malaysia. In 2019, there were 131,000 reported cases. Dengue has long defended its title as a major threat to Malaysia's public health system. Over the years, Malaysia has introduced open-air fogging as one of the measures in eliminating the Aedes mosquito in the country. However, fogging activities are powered by diesel, which proves to be non-sustainable, affecting air quality and threatens wildlife essential in maintaining the ecosystem.
The Sepang Municipal Council jumped in on the effort of pushing for a low carbon city by collaborating with Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) in developing a fuel converted from cooking oil waste – the Aedes Biobased Biodiesel Fuel (ABBF). The ABBF is a special compound that replaces diesel in fogging works, transformed from used cooking oil collected from housing areas, food premises and schools. FRIM reports that the ABBF emits tolerable fog as opposed to diesel-based fuel, improving air quality for Cyberjaya residents. What is more, used cooking oil is put to better use, promoting better waste management and puts forth circular economy initiatives.