Renewable Diesel

About Renewable Diesel

Renewable diesel is manufactured using raw materials such as used cooking oil, waste animal fats, etc. that do not compete with food products. It achieves up to 90% reduction in GHG emissions over the fuel’s life cycle compared to fossil diesel. Renewable diesel is a next-generation biofuel as a type of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil).

Features of Renewable Diesel

The renewable fuel can minimize the introduction cost related to de-carbonization measures, and can greatly contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions, further utilization of renewable diesel in the transportation industry is expected in the future. We aim to promote this fuel together with ITOCHU Corporation.

No dust emissions
Reduced NOx and PM, reduced environmental burden, and improvements in working environment
Flash point above 70
Less dangerous, for safe handling and storage *class 2 petroleum
Reduction of CO2 emissions
Reduction of 70-90% in CO2 emissions *compared to life cycle assessment of light oil
Flow point of -30
Can also be used in cold areas (compatible with light oil special grade 3)
Storage stability
Optimal for long-term storage and measures for business continuity plans
High cetane rating
70+ high cetane rating improves start up performance
High reliability
Obtained International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)


Intended mainly for use in cargo trucks and buses, etc. for transportation as a so-called "drop-in" fuel and allows use of existing vehicles and refueling facilities without any special modifications.

Examples of implementation

We are now working with other companies toward adoption of renewable diesel for convenience store delivery vehicles and operation of renewable diesel fuel bases for commercial trucks, marking a first for Japan. We also intend to adopt the fuel for racing generators used by TEAM IMPUL, which we support, and for tank trucks and passenger buses.

◆Apr. 8, 2024 Commencement of Renewable Diesel Demonstration Experiment for Land Transportation of Container Departing from the Port of Nagoya — Switchover from fossil diesel to Renewable Diesel will be considered for container transportation vehicles—
◆Sep. 7, 2023 Renewable Diesel Used in MAZDA SPIRIT RACING Car during the Round 5 of the 2023 Super Taikyu Series
◆Apr. 28, 2023 ITOCHU ENEX Promotes Use of Renewable Diesel for the Construction related to World Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan – Aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by replacing diesel oil with renewable diesel –
◆Aug. 31, 2022 Participation in Carbon Neutral Technology Development and Verification Project in Osaka Prefecture -Utilizing Renewable Diesel in Construction and Transport Fields,Towards the Osaka, Kansai,Japan Expo-
◆Jul. 27, 2022 ITOCHU ENEX Announces Supply of Renewable Diesel for Single-fuel Combustion in Ships in First for Japan — Launching this carbon neutrality initiative for marine transportation, the key to decarbonization —
◆Jul. 5, 2022 Japan’s First Passenger Bus That Runs on "Renewable Diesel" Made from Waste Oil, Etc. Introducing renewable diesel for passenger vehicles for the first time in Japan, aiming for a decarbonized society
◆Apr. 14, 2022 ITOCHU ENEX Announces the Use of Renewable Diesel for the Power Generation Equipment for Racing Used by TEAM IMPUL
◆Nov. 1, 2021 ITOCHU ENEX Announces Opening of Japan's First Permanent Renewable Diesel Refueling Station Project for improving convenience of renewable fuels in land transportation in Japan
◆May. 31, 2021 ITOCHU ENEX Announces Renewable Resource-Based Fuel Business in Land Transportation in Cooperation with NESTE Facilitating use of commercial delivery vehicles for the first time in Japan

Notes on use

- Do not mix the renewable diesel with any other type of oil (Once a machine is filled with the renewable diesel, it may no longer be refilled with any other fuel. The same goes for storage tanks and other containers.)
- Note that appropriate procedures, including contracts, are required in connection with the use.
- Responses when changing fuel differ based on the local government. Please contact the local authorities before starting or ending usage.

Contact Information

Next Generation Fuel Development Section, Environmental Business Department
Tel: +81-3-4233-8073