SEA\LNG commissions LNG study

SEA\LNG is promoting the use of LNG as a marine fuel Photo: SEA\LNG SEA\LNG is promoting the use of LNG as a marine fuel Photo: SEA\LNG

SEA\LNG, a coalition aiming to accelerate the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, believes LNG is a viable pathway to meet the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) targets.

The maritime industry has two broad but major environmental initiatives related to air emissions - improvement of global air quality, and reduction of GHGs.

Reinforcing the case for LNG as a marine fuel, SEA\LNG chairman Peter Keller said: “In addition to immediate local air quality benefits, LNG offers a commercially viable long-term bridging solution to addressing the IMO GHG targets.

“LNG, in combination with efficiency measures being developed for new ships in response to the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index, will provide a way of meeting the IMO’s target of a 40% decrease in GHG by 2030 for international shipping.”

LNG outperforms conventional marine fuels in terms of minimising local emissions can significantly reduce GHG emissions. LNG emits zero sulphur oxides and virtually zero particulate matter and compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG emits 90% less nitrogen oxides.

SEA\LNG, together with the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), has commissioned an independent study into GHG emissions from LNG as a marine fuel. This study is currently being reviewed by independent academics and SEA\LNG and SGMF expect to publish the results in April.

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