SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has commissioned an independent study into the benefits of adopting LNG as a marine fuel.

The organisation believes that LNG is a viable pathway to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) targets.

The study, commissioned in tandem with the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel, is currently being reviewed by independent academics and the two organisations expect to publish the results in April.

Future technologies that appear 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. 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.

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SEA\LNG chairman Peter Keller said 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,” he said. “In addition, there are clear technology pathways being developed which should allow further emissions savings to be realised. For example, today, mixing LNG with bioLNG (from biogas) as a drop-in fuel significantly reduces GHG emissions.”

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