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Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Ramps up in Japan

JGC Holdings is gearing up to produce sustainable aviation fuel from recycled cooking oil by appealing to the public the importance of circulating resources.



Collecting waste cooking oil from households for a "Fry to Fly Project" activity in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture In December 2023 designed to raise awareness on resource circulation. (Photo courtesy of JGC Holdings)

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Domestic production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is ramping up. SAF can be produced from waste cooking oil, waste wood, and other non-fossil fuel sources. SAF reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel. It is expected to play a crucial role in decarbonization of the aviation industry.

'Fry to Fly' 

JGC Holdings, a Yokohama-based major player in plant construction, is set to embark on the first domestic production of SAF. The company will recycle approximately 30,000 kiloliters of waste cooking oil annually at a large-scale plant starting in the fiscal year beginning in April 2024.

The primary challenge lies in procuring waste cooking oil. In Japan, around 260,000 kiloliters of waste cooking oil are discarded from households and restaurants annually. Some is exported as raw material for SAF. 

Continue reading the full story on Japan 2 Earth to learn more about the plan to produce SAF domestically.

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(Read the article in Japanese.)

Author: The Sankei Shimbun


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