Review of Jet Fuel Life Cycle Assessment Methods and Sustainability Metrics

The primary aim of this study is to help aviation jet fuel purchasers (primarily commercial airlines and the U.S. military) to understand the sustainability implications of their jet fuel purchases and provide guidelines for procuring sustainable fuels. This study reviews literature on life cycle analysis and sustainability and identifies the regulatory requirements and third party standards for sustainable fuel use in different regions of the world. It also provides guidance in understanding the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions impacts of jet fuels, and defining guidelines for estimating the sustainability implications of criteria other than life cycle GHG emissions such as water use, land use, criteria pollutants, air toxics, biodiversity and a number of other issues as noted throughout this report.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Life Cycle Associates, LLC


    Federal Aviation Administration

    Office of Environment and Energy
    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • Unnasch, Stefan
    • Riffel, Brent
  • Publication Date: 2015-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 123p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01608570
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-VNTSC-FAA-16-10, DOT/FAA/AEE/2016-01
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT57-11-C-10039
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2016 2:43PM