Japanese initiative launched to develop next-generation sustainable aviation biofuel sector by 2020

Japanese initiative launched to develop next-generation sustainable aviation biofuel sector by 2020 | INAF,Japan Airlines,All Nippon Airways

Tue 15 July 2014 – Japan has become the latest country to launch a government-backed initiative to investigate the potential of developing a domestic sustainable aviation biofuel industry. Over 30 companies and organisations from the aerospace, fuel, engineering, finance and research sectors have formed a group called Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) to plan a roadmap towards using nationally sourced aviation biofuels by 2020, when the Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be held in Tokyo. Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Boeing are among the INAF members. Japan Airlines and Boeing partnered in one of the first demonstration biofuel flights back in January 2009, which was made up of camelina, jatropha and algae blended by Honeywell UOP and supplied by Nikki-Universal, a Japanese joint venture of UOP and JGC Corporation, both members of INAF.


At its initial meeting in May, an INAF steering committee was formed by Boeing, Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Narita International Airport Corporation and Japan Petroleum Exploration, with the University of Tokyo acting as facilitator. Observer status has been accorded to four government ministries that are responsible for agriculture, land, transport, environment and trade and industry.


Hiroko Nakamura from the University of Tokyo’s Center for Aviation Innovation Research told GreenAir there was difficulty in sourcing sufficiently large quantities of plant-based biomass in Japan, and the focus would be on developing fuels from municipal and ligneous waste, and in the longer term, from algae.


She anticipated an INAF website would be launched in August.




University of Tokyo’s Center for Aviation Innovation Research



INAF Members:

IHI Corporation

ITOCHU Corporation

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Green Earth Institute

Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

JFE Engineering Corporation

Shell Japan

Sumitomo Corporation

Japan Petroleum Exploration

All Nippon Airways

Sojitz Corporation

Chiyoda Corporation

University of Tokyo

Toyo Engineering Corporation

Toyota Central R&D Labs

Narita International Airport Corporation 

JGC Corporation


Japan Asia Investment Company

The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Nippon Cargo Airlines

Japan Airlines

Neo-Morgan Laboratory Incorporated

Nomura Research & Advisory

Hitachi Zosen Corporation

Phoenix Business

The Boeing Company

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding

Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute

Mitsubishi Research Institute,

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System

Euglena Corporation


INAF Observers:

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Ministry of the Environment

Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force 

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)



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