TotalEnergies sees LNG as cleanest option for shippers
A white paper published December 9 by French energy major TotalEnergies said LNG is the cleanest fuel available at scale that can drive down emissions for maritime shippers.
Shippers under a protocol from the International Maritime Organisation are called on to lower their emissions by installing onboard exhaust cleaning systems called scrubbers or by using clean fuels such as very-low sulphur fuel oil or LNG.
“In terms of the alternative fuel solutions available today, LNG is the cleanest marine fuel solution available at scale, delivering a range of benefits in helping to drive down greenhouse gas emissions whilst improving ports’ air quality with assurance that the fuel does not release any black carbon,” Jerome Leprince-Ringuet, a vice president for marine fuels at the French company, said.
TotalEnergies estimates LNG as a marine fuel can cut sulphur and fine-particle emissions by 99% relative to other fuels. Nitrogen oxide emissions are up to 85% less than other fuels and overall greenhouse gases are 23% lower.
The French major said it expects LNG to account for about 10% of the total bunkering market by 2030 and will remain the best option until other alternatives such as ammonia come to scale.
The next step in development, the company added, was developing liquified bio-methane (bio-LNG) for shippers.
TotalEnergies in July joined its French counterpart Engie, domestic waste treatment plant operator Evere and shipping and logistics firm CMA CGM to review bio-LNG production.
Biodegradable waste from the Marseilles-Provence region in France would enable low carbon shipping and would be used primarily for the CMA CGM Group’s LNG-powered vessels.