Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste has partnered with Itochu to expand the availability of SAF in Japan.

Under this collaboration, Itochu will serve as a branded distributor of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the country.

Initially, the SAF will be delivered at Haneda and Narita airports, which are the country’s two largest international airports.

In 2020, Neste, Itochu and All Nippon Airways forged an alliance to create a SAF supply chain, allowing Neste’s first SAF delivery into Asia to materialise in Japan.

Neste Asia-Pacific renewable aviation vice-president Sami Jauhiainen said: “This partnership is a major step forward in making our sustainable aviation fuel available in the Japanese market. It underlines our commitment to working together with the aviation industry to achieve its emission reduction targets. We will have a global SAF production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum by the end of 2023.

“That includes up to one million tons of SAF production capacity in our Singapore refinery, with the capacity expansion project scheduled for start-up by the end of the first quarter of 2023. We are ready to support the Japanese and broader Asia-Pacific aviation markets in driving emission reductions.”

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan recently provided a roadmap to a study group on carbon reduction from aeroplanes.

The roadmap suggested the replacement of 10% of jet fuels used by Japanese airlines with SAF by 2030.

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is claimed to minimise greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% in its pure form and throughout its life cycle as against fossil jet fuel.

Neste-produced SAF is generated from residue raw materials and 100% renewable waste.

Last month, ExxonMobil signed an agreement with Neste to commercially distribute Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at France’s largest airports.