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Finnish renewable fuels producer Neste has partnered with ITOCHU Corporation to deliver renewable diesel to the Japanese market, Neste announced on 9 June.

In the collaboration, ITOCHU Corporation would be the first company in Japan to sell and distribute renewable diesel from Neste, the company said.

In addition, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart, which is owned by ITOCHU Corporation, would start to use renewable diesel in some of the delivery vehicles at its distribution centre in Yokohama City, according to Neste.

Neste said its renewable diesel was produced from 100% renewable raw materials and helped reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 90% when emissions over the fuel’s life cycle were compared with fossil diesel. It is a “drop-in” fuel, fully compatible with all diesel engines, and requiring no modifications to the vehicles or fuel distribution infrastructures, according to the company.

Established in 1858, ITOCHU Corporation is now active in 62 countries and its activities include domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of a range of products such as food, chemicals and energy.

Neste refines waste, residues and raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials.