Tag - biofuel



Tobu Railway started testing biofuel for its coal-fired and diesel-powered locomotives in the tourist area of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, with the aim of cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
Feb 11, 2024
Biofuel tested for coal-fired steam locomotives in eastern Japan
The company said it expects to reduce about 150 tons of emissions per year, the same amount emitted by around 50 households.
Hong Kong and China Gas, part of billionaire Lee Shau Kee’s business empire, is accelerating an expansion of biofuel firm EcoCeres in foreign markets.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 3, 2023
Hong Kong tycoon’s energy empire ramps up green jet fuel push
EcoCeres, one of Asia’s largest producers of green jet fuel, is exploring the possibility of expanding into new markets like the U.S. and the Middle East.
Japan Times
May 5, 2023
Industry insiders fear Chinese tropical island may be hub for green fuel fraud
Hainan has become a green-fuel hot spot, accounting for nearly a third of China’s biodiesel exports, but it has no capacity to convert feedstock like used cooking oil into biodiesel.
Japan Times
Feb 28, 2023
Cow manure fuels French tractors
Methane has a much greater climate-warming power than carbon dioxide, and accounts for a huge share of the climate impact from livestock farming.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2023
How to power a plane with leftover Chinese hot pot
Responsible for around 2% of the world’s total emissions of planet-warming gases, the aviation industry is under pressure to find greener ways to power its jet engines.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Dec 26, 2022
Supplies of used cooking oil run short for makers of sustainable aviation fuel
If waste cooking oil is shipped overseas it will become difficult to supply the low carbon fuel in Japan, which could lead to some foreign airlines avoiding flying into the country.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2022
Algae market potentially worth $320 billion attracts Honda and Eneos
Startups and companies around the world have been investing in microalgae because of its potential to replace biomass fuels such as corn and soybeans.
Japan Times
Aug 26, 2021
Racing cars are about to start running on wine dregs
Automakers and energy giants are rethinking the environmental impact of motorsports and next yearu2019s edition of the worldu2019s oldest endurance race will be won in a car powered by wine dregs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Jul 19, 2021
Osaka University ties up with town to turn manure into methanol using LEDs
The town is planning to build a dedicated experimental plant, and expects it to be a new source of income for local dairy farmers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Remembering 3/11
Mar 7, 2021
Ten years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan finding path to renewable energy future
Almost immediately after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the shift toward renewable energy sources began to accelerate.
Japan Times
Feb 1, 2021
Shell targets power trading and hydrogen in climate drive
Shell and its European rivals are seeking new business models to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2020
JAL to use biofuels made from household waste starting fiscal 2022
The fuel will come from U.S. startup Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., into which JAL invested around u00a5900 million in 2018.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 27, 2020
Japanese airline ANA faces challenges in sustainable fuel drive
The country's largest carrier has signed up for jet fuel made from renewable materials in Singapore in a bid to become more environmentally friendly.
Japan Times
Aug 25, 2020
Japan eyes 'energy forests' for biomass power generation
The move would help reduce Japan's reliance on nonrenewable power sources.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 27, 2020
Pandas, slugs and ants give clues to making greener biofuels
In a world aiming to shift to greener energy, could slugs, ants and even pandas help show the way?
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 27, 2020
Burning wood can be a clean source of power after all
Burning large amounts of wood from forests can cut greenhouse gas pollution — but only alongside policies that encourage new trees to quickly absorb carbon dioxide.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2020
Trump's biofuel plan sparks anger in farm country
President Donald Trump's decision to defend the U.S. government's power to broadly exempt oil refineries from biofuel-blending requirements is triggering a backlash in Iowa and other states that are top producers of ethanol and the corn used to make it.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 23, 2019
Jera eyes role as global renewable leader but says coal will still play role in Japan's energy mix
With the integration of existing thermal power plants of its parents Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and Chubu Electric Power Co. completed on April 1, Jera Co. has completed the last step of unifying the full value chain from upstream fuel and power trading to power generation.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 24, 2019
Root and branch reform: Swedish scientist makes fuel from tree waste
Could tree roots, twigs and branches one day be used to power cars? That's the hope of a Swedish researcher who has developed a pulp byproduct that — on a modest scale — does just that.
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2017
Japan's green energy incentives cast spotlight on controversial use of palm oil
What started as a way to cut Japan's dependence on imported fossil fuels has led to an expected surge in a different and equally controversial energy source: palm oil.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves