TJapan Airlines and Raven SR delegates shake hands on SAF deal.
Tsuyoshi Matsumoto, General Manager, ITOCHU; Matt Murdock, CEO of Raven SR; Toru Takahashi, Vice President, Procurement, JAL Photo: Raven SR

Raven SR signs MOU to provide SAF supply to Japan Airlines

LONDON – Wyoming based Raven SR Inc. (Raven SR), a renewable fuels company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Japan Airlines (JAL) for major global routes.

Supply to Japan Airlines


The MOU provides for an initial 50,000 tons of SAF supply in the first year, 2025, with annual incremental increases to 200,000 tons for year 10.

The supply will be produced by Raven SR at facilities planned for major global markets outside Japan to serve specific international routes of JAL.

“We are grateful our strategic partner Itochu introduced us to JAL to initiate this landmark agreement for long-term SAF supplies that will foster growth for Raven SR on a global basis and help JAL with its carbon reduction commitments,” said Matt Murdock, CEO of Raven SR.

“We expect that our agreement with JAL to supply SAF in strategic markets globally will enable buying local fuel produced from local waste. We see growing interest in such efficiency and circularity in renewable fuel distribution for aviation and other transportation sectors.”

Japan airline industry targets


The Japanese airline industry is required by the country’s General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to reach a goal of achieving net-zero CO2 emissions from aircraft by 2050.

Starting in 2024, Japanese airlines must reduce or offset 15% of emissions from 2019 levels.

Raven SAF production plans


By converting various types of local waste, such as green waste, municipal solid waste, organic waste, and methane from municipal solid waste, into clean fuels, Raven SR offers a sustainable solution for the reliable and long-term production of SAF.

Global SAF supply currently comprises 0.03% of total jet fuel consumption due to a limited supply of feedstock like used cooking oils and tallow.

Raven SR plans to commence commercial production of SAF by 2025 in California, and expand SAF production by 200,000 tons/year until 2034 in the U.S. and Europe.

Raven SR’s use of waste as feedstock for its SAF production is expected to stabilize both the supply and pricing of SAF.

Additionally, the third-generation synthetic SAF produced using Raven SR’s proprietary technology is projected to reduce CO2 emissions compared to conventional jet fuel and extend the lifespan of jet engines.

Third-generation (SAF) refers to synthetic aviation fuels that are produced from non-traditional feedstocks, such as agricultural waste, forestry residues, and algae.

These feedstocks are considered to be more sustainable and environmentally preferable than traditional feedstocks, such as fossil fuels, as they do not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions or deplete finite resources.

Third-generation SAFs also have the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation industry, as they emit significantly lower levels of GHGs during fuel production and use process compared to fossil fuels.

SAF production process

The Raven SR technology is a non-combustion thermal, chemical reductive process that converts organic waste and landfill gas to hydrogen and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels.

Unlike other hydrogen production technologies, its Steam/CO2 Reformation does not require fresh water as a feedstock. The process is more efficient than conventional hydrogen production and can deliver fuel with low to negative carbon intensity.

Additionally, Raven SR’s goal is to generate as much of its own power onsite as possible to reduce reliance on the power grid and be independent of the grid.

Its modular design provides a scalable means to locally produce renewable hydrogen and synthetic liquid fuels from local waste.

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