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.

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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. 

The company is reaching out to restaurant chains for cooperation. Meanwhile, activities have begun in the "Fry to Fly" project. The company is conducting outreach classes and waste oil collection at elementary and junior high schools and events to raise awareness of the value of used oil. Seventy organizations, including businesses and local governments, are involved as activities gradually expand.

"This is a chance for resource-scarce Japan to become a country that circulates resources. We hope many more people will cooperate," stated Yuki Nishimura, Program Manager at JGC Holdings.

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