As Japan is an island country, the use of LPG, due to its ease of storage, is supplied to 90% of the population for general use, with massive use also in transport.
In 2009, the Government of Japan mandated energy suppliers to promote the use of non-fossil energy resources and the efficient use of fossil energy resources and, thus, LPG suppliers and
municipal gas companies are obliged to introduce bio-LPG.
NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Organisation) initiated in 2010 a bio-LPG project, which
consisted of biomass gasification and direct LPG synthesis process with a hybrid catalyst. Through a two-year
two-year study, it became clear that bio-LPG is suitable for the current LPG supply chain in Japan.
The organisation is leading the momentum developed in Japan for the use of bio-LPG in transportation, with broad consensus from public institutions and automobile manufacturers.
In Japan there is currently an extensive network of refueling stations offering LPG for sale to the public, extending to every province in the country.