Zensho, Eneos partner in UCO supply chain


Zensho Holdings said that it has signed an agreement with Japanese petroleum company Eneos to supply used cooking oil (UCO) to be utilised in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production.

The company said that under the initiative, UCO discharged from restaurant chains Sukiya, Hamazushi and Cocos will be collected and recycled towards SAF production.

The waste cooking oil discharged from these stores will be collected by Yoshikawa and Ueda.

In the future, it will be used as a raw material at the Eneos’ Wakayama Plant, with a capacity of 400,000 kiloliters/year, towards production of SAF.

Japanese petroleum and metals conglomerate Eneos Holdings earlier said it is targeting to secure 50% of the total sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market of Japan by 2050 through reviving closed refineries.

The company said it plans to utilise Wakayama refinery site, which terminated its refinery operation, advancing commercialization of SAF business to make it one of the main production sites for SAF in Japan.

It further added it has already concluded a joint agreement on construction of SAF supply chain with Wakayama prefecture, Kao, Suntory.

The current agreement with Zensho is a step forward for Eneos to secure to key feedstocks to produce SAF at Wakayama plant.

Zensho is one of the leading food companies in Japan with revenues above Yen 779bn, nearly 10,000 retail locations and 133 group companies.

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