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Japan targets 10% sustainable jet fuel for airlines by 2030

Domestic production at center of plan to decarbonize aviation industry

An All Nippon Airways plane at Haneda Airport. The Japanese government looks to encourage airlines to transition to greener fuels.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's campaign to cut greenhouse gas emissions is extending to the skies, as the government aims to have airlines replace 10% of their jet fuel with eco-friendlier alternatives by 2030.

Sustainable aviation fuels, or SAFs, are made from waste, biomass or scrap material. While they generate 70% to 90% less carbon dioxide than conventional jet fuel, they can cost up to 10 times as much to produce. The government plans to set up a public-private committee this year to consider specific measures to encourage Japanese companies to make and use these fuels.

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