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Jet fuel made from wood heads toward production in Japan

Nippon Paper to lead bioethanol venture, aiming to start output in 2027

Wood-based aviation fuel could contribute to lower airplane emissions without affecting global food supplies.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A group of companies led by Nippon Paper Industries plans to produce bioethanol from wood for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Japan, which has lagged in developing alternatives to petroleum for powering planes.

Investment in the project is expect to total up to tens of billions of yen (10 billion yen equals $78 million), with production to begin in 2027.

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