Groundbreaking ceremony held for SAF production facility

Japan's aviation industry has taken a step towards sustainability as work begins on a factory to mass-produce sustainable jet fuel. The company behind it held a groundbreaking ceremony in Osaka on Tuesday and said it was the first facility of its kind in the country.

Firms including oil wholesaler Cosmo Oil and engineering company JGC Holdings founded a new venture called Saffaire Sky Energy to mass-produce SAF at the facility. They will take used cooking oil and convert it into aviation fuel.

They're aiming to produce 30,000 kiloliters a year, beginning in 2025.

Experts say SAF made from waste resources creates about 80 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than conventional fuel.

Japan's government wants domestic airlines to switch 10 percent of their jet fuel to SAF by 2030.