Raven SR to supply sustainable aviation fuel to All Nippon Airways

The renewable fuels company will supply an initial 50,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel to All Nippon Airways in 2025.

All Nippon Airways planes flying

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Raven SR Inc., a Pinedale, Wyoming-based renewable fuels company, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA) for major global routes starting in 2025.

According to Raven SR, the MOU provides for an initial 50,000 tons of SAF supply in the first year of the agreement, with annual incremental increases to 200,000 tons by 10 years into the partnership. Raven SR says it will produce the supply at its facilities by using local waste, such as green waste and municipal solid waste. The fuel will be used for major global markets outside Japan to serve specific international routes of ANA.

“We are grateful our strategic partner Itochu introduced us to ANA to initiate this landmark agreement for long-term SAF supplies that will foster growth for Raven SR on a global basis and help ANA with its carbon reduction commitments,” says Matt Murdock, CEO of Raven SR. “We expect that our agreement with ANA to supply SAF in strategic markets globally will enable buying local fuel produced from local waste. We see growing interest in such efficiency and circularity in renewable fuel distribution for aviation and other transportation sectors.”

The Japanese airline industry is required by the country’s General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization to reach a goal of net-zero CO2 emissions from aircraft by 2050, Raven SR reports. Starting in 2024, Japanese airlines must reduce or offset 15 percent of emissions from 2019 levels.

Raven SR says global SAF supply comprises 0.03 percent of total jet fuel consumption due to a limited supply of feedstock. Raven SR plans to begin commercial production of SAF by 2025 in California and expand SAF production by 200,000 tons per year until 2034 in the U.S. and Europe. The company’s technology is a noncombustion thermal, chemical reductive process that converts organic waste and landfill gas to hydrogen and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels. The company aims to generate much of its own power on-site as possible to reduce reliance on the power grid.

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