Japan targets domestic production of SAF

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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

On Friday, the government took a step towards domestic production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by establishing a task force involving more than 10 companies, including petroleum and chemical manufacturers.

The expert group from the Ministry of Lands, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will strive to create a cooperative framework to obtain international fuel certification and start production in fiscal year 2025.

SAF is made from used cooking oil and other types of discarded waste and is believed to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% to 80% compared to jet fuel derived from crude oil and is attracting attention in as a next-generation fuel.

Airlines seeking recognition for their SAF-related decarbonization efforts must be certified by a private body appointed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations.

The government has set a target to replace 10% of domestic airlines’ aviation fuel with SAF by 2030. By producing SAF in Japan, domestic airlines will be able to secure a stable supply of SAF at low prices.

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