LNG is a safe, environmentally-friendly fuel
Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and is being used throughout the world to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Compared to coal, natural gas produces far fewer carbon dioxide emissions and sulfur emissions. LNG is simply natural gas in a liquid state. As a fuel, LNG produces relatively low emissions when burned to heat and cool homes, generate electricity, and power vehicles.
LNG is odorless, non-toxic and non-corrosive. When exposed to the environment, LNG rapidly evaporates, leaving no residue on water or soil. If spilled, LNG would not result in a slick because 100 percent of it evaporates, leaving no residue behind.
LNG Contributes To a Cleaner Global Environment
Sending clean-burning natural gas into the international marketplace helps countries around the globe meet clean air quality standards, which contributes to worldwide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as more and more coal-fired electricity will be replaced with natural gas. This is particularly beneficial in countries where access to clean energy is otherwise limited.
PACE Study serves as a Model for Global Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution
A 2009 independent study commissioned by CLNG and performed by Pace Global Energy Services found that existing U.S. coal fired power generation produces more than double the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than power generation fueled by regasified LNG.
[Study looked at GHG emissions from natural gas production, liquefaction, shipping, regasification, pipeline transportation and use at a power plant and compared to GHG emissions from coal mining, transportation and use at a power plant]
Other Pace Study Key Findings:
- Even the cleanest coal technologies produce 70 percent more lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than power generated by regasified LNG.
- Replacing just one 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant with LNG fueled power generation for one year would equate to taking 557,000 cars off the roads.
The PACE study provides a transparent “apples to apples” comparison of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions attributable to LNG and coal. The analysis uses a representative average of typical U.S. LNG and coal operations used for generation of electricity. This includes a natural gas power plant supplied by LNG, a current U.S. coal fired power plant, and two advanced coal technologies not yet commercially viable in the U.S — Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and Advanced Ultra Super Critical Coal (SCPC).