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Neste and All Nippon Airways collaborate on sustainable aviation fuel supply

Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable products producer Neste Oyj and All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and a 5-Star airline, are entering a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement. This groundbreaking partnership will see ANA become the first airline to use SAF on flights departing from Japan and also represents Neste’s first SAF supply to an Asian airline.

Neste and All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, are entering a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement. This groundbreaking partnership will see ANA become the first airline to use SAF on flights departing from Japan and also represents Neste’s first SAF supply to an Asian airline.

According to a statement, initial operations will begin from October 2020 as ANA plans SAF-fueled flights from both Haneda International Airport (HND) and Narita International Airport (NRT). The delivery of the SAF was made possible through collaboration and close coordination on logistics between Neste and the Japanese trading house Itochu Corporation.

ANA takes pride in its leadership role and has been recognized as an industry leader in sustainability, and this agreement with Neste further demonstrates our ability to serve passengers while also reducing our carbon footprint, said Yutaka Ito, EVP at ANA overseeing Procurement.

Reduce emissions by 50 percent by 2050

ANA has pledged to reduce its 2050 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from airline operations by 50 percent compared to 2005 figures. Furthermore, ANA will work to eliminate CO2 emissions from all non-airline operations through the implementation of energy conservation measures, such as replacing older equipment with new efficient solutions in the relevant business divisions.

Though the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has significantly impacted the airline industry, ANA is committed to maintaining its existing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals for 2050.

While COVID-19 has forced us to make adjustments, we remain committed to meeting our sustainability goals. We recognize that preserving our environment requires that humanity work together to achieve a common goal, and we are proud to be doing our part to protect our shared home. We are also pleased to report that according to the ISCC Proof of Sustainability certification the Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel supplied in Tokyo provides approximately 90 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction through its lifecycle and in its neat form compared to fossil jet fuels said Yutaka Ito.

According to Neste, its “MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel” is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials. Typically, in its neat form and over the lifecycle, it can reduce up to 80 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil jet fuel. The fuel gives an immediate solution for reducing the direct GHG emissions of flying.

Neste is investing some EUR 1.4 billion in expanding capacity and capability at its Singapore renewable fuel biorefinery.

It can be used as a drop-in fuel with existing aircraft engines and airport infrastructure, requiring no extra investment. Prior to use, the SAF is blended with fossil jet fuel and then certified to meet ASTM jet fuel specifications.

We recognise the major role SAF has to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions of aviation, both in the short and long term. Through this new collaboration, we are enabling the supply of SAF for the first time in Asia. We are very honoured to partner with ANA and support them in achieving their ambitious sustainability goals, said Thorsten Lange, EVP for Renewable Aviation at Neste.

ANA and Neste plan to expand the collaboration after 2023 based on a multi-year agreement. Neste currently has an annual capacity of 100 000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel.

With the Singapore refinery expansion on the way, and with possible additional investment into the Rotterdam refinery in the Netherlands, Neste will have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tonnes of SAF annually by 2023.

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