MHI joins “ACT FOR SKY”, a voluntary organization working for the marketing, promotion and expansion of locally produced AFS

Aims to raise awareness of SAF and contribute to the decarbonization of the aviation sector

TOKYO, March 2, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is pleased to announce that it has today joined “ACT FOR SKY”, a voluntary organization jointly established by JGC Holdings Corporation Co.,Ltd. , REVO International Inc. All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Chairman: AKASAKA Yuji, Deputy Director) which works to market, promote and expand the use of locally produced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)(1).

“ACT FOR SKY” with “ACT” representing the cooperation and collaboration of companies committed to “acting” for these goals – will aim to raise awareness among citizens and companies of the importance of SAF, carbon neutrality and achieving sustainable development. a circular economy. Applying their expertise in the relevant industries, the four founding companies will also coordinate the activity of the other member companies.

MHI is embarking on a project to develop a commercial-scale supply chain for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) derived from biomass gasification integrated with FT(2) synthesis technology. By successfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by jet fuels, the Company will contribute to mitigating the impact of the aviation industry on the global environment.

context

– A rapidly growing global need to reduce CO2 emissions has called on the aviation industry to accelerate the development, production, distribution and use of SAFs. This fuel comes from sustainable resources such as tallow (animal oils and fats), used cooking oil (UCO), biomass, municipal solid waste, vehicle exhaust and CO2.
– As the global demand for SAF increases, a stable supply of domestically produced SAF is considered essential in Japan. However, locally produced SAFs have not yet been commercialized, and establishing a stable supply chain from raw material sourcing to SAF sourcing remains a pressing issue.
– Compared to Europe and the United States, where SAF is already marketed and where its notoriety is relatively high, it is necessary to raise awareness of SAF in Japan as well.

Overview of activities

– Promotion of members’ activities towards decarbonization and a circular economy through the national production of SAF
– Discussions and analyzes on the costs to achieve these objectives
– Raise awareness of carbon neutrality, through local governments and education
– Exchange information between members, for the next actions
– Share information on how other countries are acting to promote FAS
– Identify common problems in the national production of SAF and share the information and analyzes collected with the organizations concerned

Specific member initiatives

ACT FOR SKY consists of the following 16 members (as of March 2, 2022).

“ACT” member companies: Companies/organisations directly involved in national SAF affairs
(founding companies in bold)

Future development

Together with various other stakeholders, ACT FOR SKY will promote and develop the domestic production of SAF, which will lead to the development of the aviation network in Japan and the industry related to the production of SAF. Together we will build a sustainable society.

ACT FOR SKY logo
Created by: Housui Yamaguchi, calligrapher
Behind the logo design:
Blue ink: A beautiful blue sky
Calligraphic style: Dynamic, linked to action
Symbolism of calligraphy: Japan, national production

(1) SAF is a fuel producing significantly lower CO2 emissions than conventional jet fuel throughout its life cycle, from the production or collection of raw materials (such as biomass, used cooking oil or exhaust gases) through to manufacture and combustion. Existing infrastructure can be used without modification.
(2) FT (Fischer-Tropsch) gasification and synthesis technology: a technology in which solid materials such as wood cellulose are reacted with water vapor and a small amount of oxygen in a gasifier to produce carbon monoxide and hydrogen (gasification), which are then synthesized into liquid hydrocarbons (fuel) in an FT reactor using a catalyst (Fischer-Tropsch process).

About MHI Group

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, covering energy, logistics and infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defence. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative integrated solutions that help achieve a carbon neutral world, improve quality of life and ensure a safer world. For more information, please visit www.mhi.com or follow our insights and stories at spectra.mhi.com.

Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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