SEA-LNG sees progress in maritime decarbonisation
The global pledge to reduce methane emissions is another tool in a growing arsenal of ways to tackle pollution from the maritime shipping industry, London-based SEA-LNG said November 10
SEA-LNG is a collation of maritime industries working in the LNG value chain. It said it was adding its name to the Global Methane Pledge, a voluntary measure whereby signatories agree to work to reduce total methane emissions by at least 30% from 2020 levels by the end of this decade.
“The pledge to reduce GHG emissions, including methane, by 2030 presents a challenge for the shipping industry but it is a target we are confident can be met,” SEA-LNG chair Peter Keller said. “Due to the scale and breadth of international shipping, a basket of fuels, as exists today, will continue to be necessary for shipping to achieve a net zero target.”
Shippers are already committed to lowering their emissions under the International Maritime Organisation's IMO 2020 protocol, and they are already turning to ultra-low-sulphur diesel, LNG and even methane as alternates.
Finnish technology group Wartsila said last week it would start working with Norway’s Simon Mokster Shipping to develop engines fuelled by a combination of ammonia and LNG.
LNG sourced for bioresources such as organic waste, meanwhile, could also drive decarbonisation in the maritime sector, SEA-LNG stated.
“As we look to the future, methane reduction coupled with the growth of bioLNG products followed by the introduction of renewable synthetic LNG will be capable of providing the air quality and carbon free future we all see as essential,” Keller added.