Japan launches SAF-focused public-private partnership


Japan launched a public-private partnership on April 22 that aims to facilitate the introduction of an international competitive supply chain for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), according to a report filed in late May with the global network of agricultural information from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

On April 22, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a kick-off meeting for the new public council -private to promote the introduction of FAS. In addition to MLIT and METI, the council includes the Ministry of Environment, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development (NEDO); oil refiners and retailers ENEOS, Idemitsu and Cosmo; Japan Airline and All Nippon Airways; Narita, Kansai and Chubu airports; oil storage entity San-Ai Oil; factory designer JGC Holdings; Itochu Trading House; and the industry associations Petroleum association of Japan, Scheduled Airlines Association and National Airports Fueling Business Association.

According to the report, the adoption of SAF is a key part of Japan’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aviation. The country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) estimates that Japanese airports will use between 2.5 billion liters (660.43 million gallons) and 5.6 billion liters of SAF from by 2030. For domestic flights, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is expected to introduce new SAF measures in 2023.

The report notes that in April, NEDO provided about 114.5 billion yen ($916 million) in subsidies for e-fuel, SAF and other green fuel products. Idemitsu Kosan Co. received 29.2 billion yen of this amount to support a five-year project focused on developing and commercializing an SAF supply chain using alcohol-jet technology. The initial commercial project planned under this effort aims to convert 180 million liters of ethanol into 100 million liters of SAF. This pilot facility is currently expected to begin operations in 2026. The company aims to bring a second facility online by 2030 that would bring SAF production to 500 million liters per year.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the USDA FAS GAIN website.


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