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LNG wrong course
Switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a costly and ineffective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, according to a new study commissioned by Transport & Environment. While LNG could help the ship industry meet its targets for reducing air pollution by sulphur, nitrogen oxides and fine particles, it would only reduce shipping’s GHGs by a maximum of 10 per cent by 2050.
The study warns that current and future investments in LNG infrastructure made in anticipation of a large LNG market for shipping – and also required under the EU’s 2014 Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive – are likely to become stranded assets by 2050. T&E said that the EU needs to stop mandating LNG infrastructure in European ports and instead it should back future-proof technologies that will deliver the needed decarbonisation. This means switching to zero-emission technologies like hydrogen, ammonia and electric propulsion.
Sources: T&E News, 25 June; Ends Europe Daily, 26 June 2018. The study: https://www.transportenvironment.org/publications/lng-marine-fuel-eu