Decarbonization Itochu, Neste to Carry Out SAF Blending Project in Japan
Itochu has been selected for Japan’s ‘Imported Neat SAF Model Demonstration Project’ under which the company will import neat SAF from Neste and demonstrate its blending with fossil jet fuel. This is Japan’s first import of neat SAF.
Tokyo/Japan – Itochu Corporation has applied for and been selected for the "Imported Neat SAF Model Demonstration Project" publicly solicited by Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In this project, Itochu will import neat SAF from Neste for the first time in Japan, and demonstrate blending of neat SAF with conventional fossil jet fuel and certification of the blended SAF in cooperation with Fuji Oil Co.
A portion of the SAF blended in Japan will be delivered to Central Japan International Airport to be supplied to flight inspection aircraft owned by the Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Neat SAF is scheduled to be imported around January, after which neat SAF will be blended with conventional fossil jet fuel and delivered to Chubu International Airport around February.
The International Civil Aviation Organization General Assembly has set a goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions from aviation by 2050, and from 2024 onward, the industry will be required to reduce or offset emissions by 15 % from the 2019 level.
Currently, SAF is produced mainly in Europe and in limited quantities. In order to realize a stable supply of SAF in Japan, it is important to expand the domestic supply chain of imported SAF as well as the medium- to long-term commercial-scale production of domestically produced SAF under a cooperative framework between the public and private sectors.
Currently, a certain percentage of neat SAF must be blended with fossil-based jet fuel in accordance with ASTM D7566 and D1655, the international standards for SAF supplied to aircraft, and Itochu has imported and supplied SAF blended overseas. Through this demonstration project, Itochu will import neat SAF for the first time in Japan, blend it with fossil-based jet fuel in Japan, and establish a supply chain to transport it to the airport, thereby establishing know-how for handling neat SAF in Japan, which will lead to the early establishment of a foundation for the use of significantly larger volumes of domestically produced and imported SAF in the future.
Itochu has already established domestic supply chains at Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport as supply bases for SAF, from SAF import and quality control to delivery to airports, and has developed a refueling network for aircrafts themselves. In addition to the development of Central Japan International Airport in conjunction with this demonstration project, it plans to expand the supply of SAF to domestic and foreign airlines by extending it to Kansai International Airport and other airports in the future.
Itochu concluded a Branded Distribution Marketing Agreement with Neste in February 2022, and will work to ensure a stable supply of SAF in Japan based on this partnership.