Studying the Effects of Ultra Low Sulfur Jet Fuel on Climate and Air Quality

Aircraft emissions can reduce air quality, leading to adverse health impacts including increased risk of premature mortality. A technically viable way to mitigate the health impacts of aviation is the use of desulfurized jet fuel, as has been done with road transportation in many jurisdictions. The dominant adverse environmental result of desulfurization is that removing sulfur from fuel results in increased CO₂ emissions because hydrodesulfurization involves the release of relatively small amounts of CO₂ and consumes additional energy. While a reduction in premature mortalities is relatively confidently predicted, the monetization of these mortalities depends on the approach. An argument for transitioning to an ultra-low sulfur jet fuel is that the health benefits are highly likely and the industry could work to offset the additional 1-8% of increased warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $65000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Jacob, S

  • Performing Organizations:

    Stanford University

    320 Panama Street
    Stanford, CA  United States  94305
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jacobson, Mark

  • Start Date: 20080811
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090814
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34298

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01570698
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 07-C-NE-SU-002
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2015 1:00AM