March 8, 2019. The coalition promoting the uptake of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, SEA\LNG, believes LNG is a viable pathway to meet the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) targets.

The maritime industry really has two broad but major environmental initiatives related to air emissions; dramatic improvement of global air quality, and reduction of GHGs, the coalition said.

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 (EEDI), will provide a way of meeting the IMO’s target of a 40 percent decrease in GHG by 2030 for international shipping.”

Additionally, Keller said, there are clear technology pathways being developed which should allow further emissions savings to be realized, such 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, according to Keller.

SEA\LNG together 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. This study is currently being reviewed by independent academics and SEA\LNG and SGMF expect to publish the results in April.