SEALNG coalition urges investment in LNG as fuel

SEALNG, the coalition promoting the use of LNG as marine fuel, stressed the importance of continuing investment in the sector in order to meet both air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets.

Aiming to aid the industry and governments in making a pragmatic and balanced analysis of the future of maritime fuels, the coalition said that, assessing the case for LNG must include the full benefits from both an air quality and GHG perspective.

“Assessing it purely from a GHG point of view is not responsible – 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 utilized,” the statement reads.

Serious health hazards from the marine industry still persist and must continue to be addressed, the coalition says, adding that LNG is perceived as the solution to these critical air quality issues.

“As regards GHG in the maritime sector, realistic reductions of up to 20 percent are achievable now with LNG. As technology continues to develop, these reductions will increase,” the statement reads.

Furthermore, 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 decarbonization target of a 40 percent decrease by 2030 for international shipping, SEALNG said.

“LNG is the only scalable and economic alternative fuel available for the vast majority of deep sea ocean shipping. Alternative fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia are not economic, not available at scale, and unproven for shipping operations,” it said.

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