Boeing, Japanese Aviation Industry Aim to Use Biofuels during 2020 Olympics

By Veronica Magan | July 9, 2015
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Photo: Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels
[Avionics Today 07-09-2015] Boeing and Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have charted a course to develop sustainable aviation biofuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when millions of people are expected to visit Japan. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) — a consortium of 46 organizations including Boeing, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan’s government, and the University of Tokyo — laid out a five-year “roadmap” to develop biofuel by 2020 as a way to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint.
Using sustainably produced biofuel reduces lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to conventional petroleum fuel, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. INAF said the Olympics and Paralympics are “the perfect opportunity” for Japan and its airlines to showcase their environmental commitment.
Potential feedstocks, or biologically based sources, that could be used to produce sustainable aviation biofuel in Japan include municipal solid waste, plant oils and animal fats, used cooking oil, algae, cellulosic biomass, and residues from the wood products industry. Policy incentives in Japan promoting the introduction of next-generation aviation fuels are a prerequisite to success in aviation biofuel use.
INAF was established in May 2014 with the aim of creating a supply chain for next-generation aviation fuels in Japan. Its roadmap process assessed 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.

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