Toyota Tsusho Launches Japan's First Continuous Supply of Biofuel for Ships on a Commercial Basis

  • Machinery, Energy & Project


Toyota Tsusho Corporation ("Toyota Tsusho") announced today that, together with Group company Toyotsu Energy Corporation ("Toyotsu Energy"), it launched Japan's first continuous supply of biodiesel blended fuel ("biofuel") on a commercial basis ("this supply") to ships operated by Toyofuji Shipping Co., Ltd. ("Toyofuji Shipping") at the Port of Nagoya in April. This launch follows repeated biofuel supply trials for ships that Toyota Tsusho conducted at the Port of Nagoya, as well as studies into its effectiveness and practical application.

Toyota Tsusho conducted its first biofuel operation trial at the Port of Singapore in April 2021. Since then, it has conducted verification tests for the commercialization of biofuel, such as its effectiveness and supply operations, including biofuel supply trials at the Port of Nagoya from April 2022 using ship-to-ship bunkering, a method of fueling tugboats and coastal trading vessels operating within the port by a fuel supply ship sideways.

This supply is being made by Toyotsu Energy to Toyofuji Shipping's car carrier "Toyofuji Maru" (coastal trading vessel), with which Toyotsu Energy has been conducting supply trials, using ship-to-ship bunkering. Toyota Tsusho, in cooperation with Daiseki Eco. Solution Co., Ltd., is continuing to procure waste cooking oil collected from the employee cafeterias and other facilities of Toyota Group and Toyota Tsusho Group companies, which is being refined and blended with heavy oil as part of the raw materials used for the biofuel being supplied.

The shipping industry accounts for about 2% of global greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions. In 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a GHG reduction strategy, setting a target to reduce GHG emissions to 50% of 2008 levels by 2050. Hydrogen and ammonia are seen as promising options in the medium to long term, but they involve large investments and technological development. Thus, biofuels are seen as promising as a fuel for decarbonization in the immediate future.

The realization of this supply is the first step in establishing a supply chain and regular use of biofuels in Japan, helping to promote carbon neutrality in the shipping industry. Toyota Tsusho is aiming to further promote and expand the use of biofuels, and will aim to increase the volume of biofuels handled at this port as well as conduct verification tests at other ports in the future.

The Toyota Tsusho Group will continue to contribute toward the transition to a carbon neutral society by accelerating businesses contributing to the reduction of GHG through the industrial life cycle and promoting initiatives toward carbon neutrality, so as to pass on a better global environment to the children of the future.

Our Efforts So Far

- September 12, 2022: Toyota Tsusho Supplies Biodiesel Fuel to Car Carriers at the Port of Nagoya

- April 19, 2022: Toyota Tsusho Performs First Trial in Japan to Supply Biodiesel Fuel to Ships at the Port of Nagoya

- June 29, 2021: Toyota Tsusho Performs First Trial in Singapore to Sell and Supply Biodiesel Fuel to NYK Line's Oceangoing Vessel

- April 22, 2021: TTC to Conduct Supply and Operation Trial, a First in Singapore, in Anticipation of Regular Use of Biodiesel Fuel for Ships

The information in this release is current as of the date of announcement.
Please note that information may change after the date of announcement. Thank you in advance for your understanding.