The Hong Kong and China Gas Company is set to begin the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on 2 October.

Trading under the name of Towngas, the energy supplier would start producing small batches of SAF by the end of this year, according to the report.

In the initial stages, around 50,000 tonnes/year of SAF would be produced at the company’s plant in Zhangjiagang city, Jiangsu province, a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.

“We are in the implementation stage and working on commercial arrangements with [prospective customers], so it may not be appropriate to disclose details at the moment,” she said.

The alternative fuel would be developed from hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO), according to the statement.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific had pledged to use SAFs for 10% of its total fuel consumption by 2030, joining a number of global airlines including British Airways and Delta Air Lines in making the commitment, the SCMP wrote.

To date, Cathay has so far secured 1.1M tonnes of SAF, equivalent to 2% of its annual fuel needs starting from 2024, according to the report.

The fuel would be extracted from household waste in the USA that would otherwise go to landfills, the SCMP report said.