GPPS Hong Kong23: Keynote Speaker
Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Just like other industrial sectors, the aviation sector has pronounced an aspirational goal of its net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This ambition is expected to be attained by the combined technological measures; particularly through the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).
Currently, 7 technological pathways for SAF have been enlisted as internationally certified fuel. The technology for SAF has been commercialized nearly for a decade now, but we are still yet to see the real ‘boom’ of SAF deployment, at least in the near term. Many states set an interim goal of 10% SAF deployment of jet fuel demand by 2030, but the total announced SAF productions of each region still cumulates to be short of this interim target. Both technical and regulatory improvements through coalition efforts of various industrial sectors are essential to boast the scale-up of SAF production and ultimately to attain zero carbon emission in the aviation sector.
Yasu Hashimoto is a Project Management Manager for Japanese Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC), an organization aimed to lead the country’s aviation turbine engine business, jointly run by Japanese heavy industry companies and government. Yasu has been assigned to the current position from the organization’s co-founder IHI Corporation, and manages various R&D projects of commercial jet engine components.
Yasu also acts as the organization’s expert on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from his past experience of leading IHI’s microalgae derived SAF project, which the fuel is now approved in international jet fuel standard ASTM D7566 Annex A7 HC-HEFA SPK. Yasu has been one of early SAF evangelists in Japan, and engaged in Japanese SAF activities in forms of lecturer and advisor roles.