LNG as marine fuel could reduce greenhouse gas up to 21%

April 12, 2019. An independent study has revealed that the use of LNG as marine fuel could achieve the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) of up to 21% when compared with current oil-based marine fuels.

SEALNG, a UK-registered not for profit collaborative industry foundation, said on Thursday that the study also confirms that emissions of other local pollutants, such as SOx, NOx, and particulate matter, were close to zero when using LNG compared with current conventional oil-based marine fuels.

The study, commissioned by SEALNG and non-government agency Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), was conducted by data and consultancy provider Thinkstep according to ISO standards.

SEALNG chairman Peter Keller said: “The Life Cycle GHG Emission Study is a long-awaited piece of the ‘LNG as a marine fuel’ puzzle. It not only confirms what we already knew in terms of LNG’s immediate impact on air quality, human health, and its cleanliness but clearly highlights the genuine, substantiated GHG benefits of using today’s marine engines capable of burning natural gas. It is clear that LNG is the most environmentally-friendly marine fuel that is readily available and safe, both today and in the foreseeable future.”

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