SEA-LNG responds to marine fuel’s naysayers


The SEA-LNG coalition has shared a media statement in response to recent comments from the ‘Say No to LNG’ campaign which it says “seeks to misrepresent the clear benefits of the LNG pathway to decarbonisation and overstate its challenges.”

SEA-LNG continues to believe that policy decisions must be based upon peer-reviewed, practical scientific analysis conducted on a full lifecycle (well-to-wake) basis. Thorough independent studies and accurate information which compare alternative fuel pathways on a like-for-like basis, are key to our industry making informed investment decisions.

Below are excerpts from the statement, which highlights some key points for consideration in vital alternative marine fuel discussions.

“Say No to LNG (SNtL) bases its campaign on a false contention, suggesting the industry is hiding the issue of methane emissions. SNtL states “What they don’t tell you is that LNG replaces CO2 emissions with methane emissions….” when the opposite is true. The industry has been open about methane emissions, recognising it is an issue which needs to be addressed with urgency and has undertaken publicly available, peer-reviewed GHG emissions analysis on primary data from all major marine engine manufacturers.

“Levels of methane slip have been reduced by a factor of four since LNG-fuelled engines were introduced in the early 2000s and today, the LNG-fuelled vessel order book is dominated by engine technologies with low, or negligible levels of methane slip.

“The industry is engaged in projects to measure operational methane emissions from a variety of vessel and engine types. In September 2022, it launched an initiative, the Methane Abatement in Maritime Innovation Initiative (MAMII), to monitor, measure and abate methane emissions in the maritime supply chain.”

The full statement is available on the SEA-NLG website.