Aemetis to supply 90 million gallons of SAF to Japan Airlines

By Aemetis Inc. | February 09, 2022

Aemetis Inc., a renewable fuels company focused on carbon-negative products, today announced that it has signed an off-take agreement with Japan Airlines (JAL) for 90 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel ( SAF) to be delivered over a seven-year period of the agreement.

Sustainable aviation fuel offers significant environmental benefits over petroleum-based jet fuel, including a reduced life cycle carbon footprint and reduced contrails. The blended sustainable aviation fuel to be supplied under this agreement is 40% SAF and 60% jet A petroleum to meet international blending standards.

This supply agreement with Aemetis builds on JAL’s growing push for a net-zero emissions future by 2050, plans to replace 1% of its conventional jet fuel consumption with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) d by 2025 and 10% by 2030. The agreement also underlines the athe commitment of the Global Alliance to collectively source SAF, of which JAL is a member. Japan Airlines is one of Japan’s largest international airlines in 2021. JAL operates more than 200 aircraft carrying more than 40 million passengers and approximately 500,000 tons of cargo worldwide.

The sustainable aviation fuel is expected to be produced by Aemetis’ renewable jet/diesel plant being developed at a 125-acre former US Army munitions production plant site in Riverbank, California. The blended sustainable aviation fuel is expected to begin deliveries to JAL in 2025.

“The use of sustainable aviation fuel by Japan Airlines is another step by the aGlobal Alliance to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Aviation,” said Eric McAfee, President and CEO of Aemetis. “Our provision of SAF at San Francisco International Airport is supported by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, creating new investment and jobs in the state’s disadvantaged minority communities.”

Powered by 100% renewable electricity, the Aemetis Carbon Zero production plant design uses cellulosic hydrogen made from carbon negative wood waste from orchards and forests. Cellulose hydrogen from wood waste, which has a carbon intensity of less than zero, is used to hydrotreat vegetable oils and other renewable oils to produce renewable aviation fuel and diesel.

To further reduce carbon intensity, the Aemetis Carbon Zero design includes CO capture2 from the production plant and injecting the compressed CO2 into a sequestration well at the Riverbank site. The project is designed to permanently store approximately 200,000 metric tons of CO2 annually from the plant.

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