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Monday, November 23, 2020 

The European Biogas Association (EBA), Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe), and SEA-LNG have published a joint paper to demonstrates the concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonise hard-to a-abate transport sectors.

Ahead of the upcoming Smart Sustainable Mobility Strategy which will be published by the European Commission in December, the paper calls upon the European Institutions to recognise the potential for BioLNG to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) targets, and continue to acknowledge the benefits available today of LNG and BioLNG in maritime transport to reduce GHG as well as local pollution.

The joint paper highlights the true potential for BioLNG to decarbonise heavy-duty transport and shipping in a fast and cost-effective way. It illustrates how BioLNG can help the EU reach its 2030 climate targets and become climate neutral by 2050. Since the BioLNG production process captures carbon, the BioLNG value chain generates negative carbon emissions. Hence it is theoretically possible to remove CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.

The EU production of BioLNG is set to increase tenfold by 2030. In the shipping sector, 50% of large container vessel orders today are LNG fuelled or ready for conversion to LNG. 20% of BioLNG mix in maritime transport would reduce CO2 emissions by up to 34%. Recently the world’s largest LNG bunkering operation to date was completed in Rotterdam supplying 17,300m3 of LNG to a French 23,000 TEU Ultra-Large Container Vessel, 13% of which was BioLNG.

BioLNG can be transported using the existing LNG infrastructure with no further technological adaptations or additional costs. For this reason, the support of LNG infrastructure is fundamental to ensure the deployment of Bio-LNG in the coming years. Today, the EU has 53 ports where LNG bunkering is available. This number will increase exponentially in the coming years.

Harmen Dekker, Director of the European Biogas Association said: “BioLNG is available today and scalable for tomorrow. It is a sustainable and cost-competitive carbon-neutral fuel if we take into account all positive externalities of the Bio-LNG value chain. To ensure maximum production potential and maximum benefit for EU consumers, the new revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive should integrate more feedstocks such as residues which cannot be used for other purposes and secondary crops. The EU must also create a single market for biomethane and BioLNG by facilitating trading of volumes and certificates across EU borders free of technological or political barriers.”

Roxana Caliminte, Deputy Secretary General, Gas Infrastructure Europe added: “The infrastructure we use today for LNG can be used tomorrow for BioLNG with little or no modifications. There are no stranded assets – only scale up effects for climate-neutral BioLNG. If we want to be successful in cleaning up transport, it will be crucial that the EU recognizes the vital role of LNG infrastructure in the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy.”

Steve Esau, GM, SEA-LNG said: “BioLNG provides a proven and commercially viable way of incrementally decarbonising the European shipping industry using existing vessels and existing LNG infrastructure. We continue to advocate for regulators to adopt a goal-based approach founded on technology openness and guarantee a true level playing field between different mobility solutions. Whether this is on a well-to-wheel or well-to-wake basis.”

The joint paper can be accessed online here.

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