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Japan Airlines, Shell sign purchase agreement to replace fuel uplifted in Los Angeles with SAF

Japan Airlines has signed an agreement with Shell Aviation that will see aircraft refueled in Los Angeles with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) beginning in 2025.

The agreement supports Japan Airlines’ ESG target of replacing 1 percent of its whole jet-fuel amount with SAF in 2025 set in its GX strategy.

Under the agreement, Shell will supply Japan Airlines with SAF volumes equivalent to its current estimated jet-fuel uplifts in Los Angeles over the supply period.

The SAF to be supplied emits 75 percent less CO2 than conventional jet fuel when used in its neat form.

The associated lifecycle-emission reduction from this agreement amounts to more than 47,000 metric tons of CO2 on an annual basis.

On May 2, Japan Airlines announced its plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and has set a goal to reduce 10 percent of its CO2 emissions compared to the 2019 level by 2030.

In line with these goals, as interim targets, Japan Airlines intends to replace 1 percent of its total jet-fuel consumption with SAF in 2025 and 10 percent in 2030.

Japan Airlines Group will continue to accelerate SAF procurements globally, advance the stable mass-production, commercialization, diffusion and expansion of domestically produced SAF through Act for Sky activities, and make efforts toward replacing 10 percent of its jet-fuel consumption with SAF in 2030 in order to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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