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Ecofining™ technology to be used for SAF production in Suining, China

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Honeywell announced May 8 that Sichuan Jinshang Environmental Protection Technology Co. (JSRE) will use Honeywell Ecofining™ technology to produce nearly 100 million gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its newly planned facility in Suining, Sichuan Province, China.

This project will promote the accelerated adoption of SAF.

Once completed, the facility is expected to be one of the largest SAF plants in China.

Honeywell UOP will provide its Ecofining™ technology, catalysts and equipment for JSRE to produce SAF using feedstocks such as used cooking oils and animal fats.

JSRE will be able to expand SAF production capacity in China, support efforts to reduce carbon emissions and aid in the sustainable development of China’s aviation industry through the use of Honeywell’s ready-now technology.

“China’s decarbonization goal has set new requirements for promoting the energy transformation and biomass energy will play an important role in achieving the goals,” said Ye Bin, JSRE chairman. “While facing a broad range of development opportunities in the biomass energy industry, JSRE hopes to utilize its advantages and accumulation in the comprehensive utilization of waste oils to achieve strategic transformation and industrial upgrading. Honeywell can help us promote the further development of SAF made from waste oils in China and in the region of Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou allowing us to achieve sustainable development in multiple fields.”

Barry Glickman, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions, added, “Honeywell is committed to sustainable development, including directing nearly 60 percent of its total investment in new products towards solutions that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers. Honeywell UOP has been providing SAF and renewable fuel technologies for nearly 20 years, including producing SAF solutions across a range of feedstocks that will be required to meet the increasing global demand for SAF. Collaborating with JSRE via Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining™ technology will help accelerate the development of China’s SAF industry and support the aviation industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.”

Honeywell Ecofining™ is a proven technology that has been used around the world for more than 10 years.

It produces sustainable aviation fuel, which helps reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions up to 80 percent when compared to the emissions from fossil fuels.

SAF produced through this process can blend seamlessly with petroleum-based jet fuel at a commercial scale.

When used in up to a 50 percent blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, SAF produced with Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining™ process requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight.

The Honeywell UOP Ecofining™ process, developed in conjunction with Eni, can convert waste plant-based oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to renewable diesel and SAF.

Honeywell recently committed to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035.

This commitment builds on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the GHG intensity of its operations and facilities and its decades-long history of innovation to help customers meet their environmental and social goals.

About half of Honeywell’s new product introduction R&D investment is directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.

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