Alternative Fuels in Air Travel

Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Reducing Operating Costs

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the aviation community is actively exploring the use of alternative fuels – and their benefits. Metron Aviation’s expertise in the technical, business and policy aspects of alternative fuels extend from the development of targets for alternative fuel adoption to assessment of implementation readiness at the airport level. Highlights of services and capabilities include:

Alternative Fuels Availability

Metron Aviation assess the availability and environmental footprint characteristics of alternative fuels for a number of clients worldwide.

Implementation Feasibility

Metron Aviation analyses echnical, regulatory, environmental and business considerations for implementation of alternative fuel projects in the airport setting. This expertise is complemented with practical knowledge of airline jet fuel purchasing practices, airport fueling operations, and other fuel-related logistics.

Demand Analysis and Evaluation

Metron Aviation’s modeling and simulation tools help clients determine fuel burn and emissions from aircraft activity at multiple levels. These tools can be used to determine projected fuel burn and emissions into the future taken into account changes in demand patterns, operational improvements and changes in aircraft technology.

Assessment of Environmental Impacts

Metron Aviation modeling and simulation tools can be used to calculate and assess environmental impacts in terms of lifecycle CO2 and local air quality emissions.

Define Environmental Targets and Strategies

Metron Aviation defines and evaluates of environmental targets with respect to fuel burn and emissions. Metron Aviation’s tools can be used to explore different policy options and “what-if ” scenarios to assess the impact and feasibility of strategies to achieve desired environmental goals.


  • Reduces Fuel Consumption
  • Reduces Emissions
  • Reduces Delays
  • Improves Delay Planning
  • Lowers Thrust (with improved aircraft technology)


Alternative Fuels

  • Availability, Cost & Benefit Assessment
  • Quality & Certification

Software Development

  • Aircraft Noise Modeling
  • Emissions Modeling
  • Fuel Consumption Modeling

Environmental Analysis

  • System-Level Impact Analysis
  • Airport Analysis
  • Airspace Design Analysis
  • NEPA Regulatory Impact Assessment