Coalition says LNG crucial to meet GHG targets
The industry coalition SEA\LNG has reiterated how critical continuing investment in LNG as a marine fuel is to meeting both air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets.
In a statement it said that it wants to ensure that industry and governments make a pragmatic and balanced analysis of the future of maritime fuels. This follows a report by the UMAS Consultancy which stated that LNG will only deliver a maximum 6% reduction in ship greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“We must consider the significant public health benefits LNG can and is delivering now through significant local emissions reductions in markets where it is being utilised,” the statement reads.
SEA/LNG said that LNG far outperforms conventional marine fuels in terms of dramatically reducing local emissions to improve air quality and human health.
LNG emits zero sulphur oxides (SOx) and virtually zero particulate matter (PM). Compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG emits 90% less nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.
With regards to GHG in the maritime sector, realistic reductions of up to 20% are achievable now with LNG and if used in combination with combination with the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index could help achieve a 40% decrease by 2030 for international shipping.
The statement said that LNG offers a "commercially viable long-term bridging solution to a zero-emissions shipping industry."
BioLNG (from biogas sources such as landfills and waste generators which is renewable and CO2 neutral) can and is already being used as a ‘drop-in’ fuel, significantly reducing GHG emissions with the long-term potential to produce large volumes of renewable gas.
The coalition should also be noted that the infrastructure for LNG supply is already there; the focus is on investments in the ‘last mile’ – getting the LNG from the bulk LNG terminals to the ship.
SEA\LNG, in conjunction with SGMF, is continuing to develop studies and tools for the industry to promote the benefits of LNG from both an air quality and GHG mitigation perspective.
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