SEA\LNG in collaboration with SGMF has commissioned an independent study to establish the facts regarding GHG emissions from LNG as a marine fuel considering all emissions from well-to-wake for LNG and other fuels.
As the study is currently under review, its results will be published in April.
SEA\LNG Chairman, Peter Keller, noted that LNG offers commercially viable long-term solutions in favour of IMO GHG goals.
LNG along with efficiency measures being developed for new ships in response to the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), will provide a way of meeting the IMO’s target of a 40% decrease in GHG by 2030 for international shipping.
Moreover, many are the solutions being developed that will enable emissions saving to be realised in the future.
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Mixing LNG with bioLNG (from biogas) as a ‘drop-in’ fuel significantly reduces GHG emissions. Longer term, ‘power-to-gas’ is a key technology with the potential to produce large volumes of renewable LNG.
LNG outperforms other conventional fuel, as it mitigates local emissions and enhances air quality.
LNG emits zero sulphur oxides and virtually zero particulate matter (PM) and compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG emits 90% less nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Technologies that seem to have promise, safety, and scalability could be built upon marine fuel infrastructure for LNG and clearly indicate that it is inaccurate to conclude that LNG will not provide a pathway to meeting IMO 2050 GHG ambitions.
Concluding, LNG can and does solve the air quality issues the maritime industry has been working on for decades and sets a path forward to meet IMO GHG targets.