Neste and All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, are entering a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement.
This 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.
ANA plans SAF-fuelled flights from both Haneda International Airport and Narita International Airport.
The delivery of the SAF was achieved through collaboration between Neste and the Japanese trading house Itochu Corporation.
“ANA takes pride in its leadership role and has been recognised 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, executive vice president at ANA overseeing procurement.
“While COVID-19 has forced us to make adjustments, we remain committed to meeting our sustainability goals.”
“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,” added Thorsten Lange, executive vice president 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 its Singapore refinery expansion in the pipeline, and with possible additional investment into the Rotterdam refinery, Neste will have the capacity to produce about 1.5 million tonnes of SAF annually by 2023.
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