Sustainable biofuel 'roadmap' developed for Tokyo 2020

20 July 2015

Boeing and the Japanese aviation industry are collaborating to develop sustainable aviation biofuel for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) – a consortium of 46 organisations including Boeing, ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan's government and the University of Tokyo – have created a five-year "roadmap" to develop biofuel by 2020 as a way to reduce aviation's environmental footprint.

It is based on an assessment of the entire biofuel supply chain, including procurement of raw materials, production of sustainable aviation fuel, blending biofuel with conventional petroleum jet fuel, and how biofuel will be incorporated into an airport's fueling infrastructure.

The roadmap report said industry, government and academia in Japan need to collaborate to promote the introduction of sustainable aviation biofuel to support Japan's energy security and reduce aviation's greenhouse gas emissions.

Municipal solid waste, plant oils and animal fats, used cooking oil, algae, cellulosic biomass and residues from the wood products industry, are all potential feedstocks for the production of sustainable aviation biofuel, it concluded. It added policy incentives are also necessary to ensure promotion of next-generation aviation fuels.

Shinji Suzuki, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Tokyo, said: "Developing and using sustainable aviation biofuel is an excellent way for Japan to show its commitment to the environment and technologies that can reduce aviation's environmental impact.”

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