- Aug 16, 2021 4:43 am GMT
The industry needs to address questions such as “which emissions are accounted for, what methodology is employed in the emissions measurement and verification, and how the emissions are priced—either through a carbon credit or a carbon tax
WHAT IS CARBON NEUTRAL?
- The terms ‘carbon neutral’, ‘carbon off-set’ or ‘carbon off-set compensation’ indicate that company has engaged in a transaction to ensure that an amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that associated with the production, delivery and usage of the fuel has been removed from the atmosphere through a nature-based process or emissions saved through avoided deforestation.”
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM
- Carbon-offsetting approaches do not always advance net-zero goals and are difficult to calculate
- According to experts; Saving forests from deforestation does not equal removing the carbon footprint of an LNG cargo, experts
- While an important tool, offsetting cannot be considered as a substitute for direct emissions reductions by corporates, but as a complement.
- There are several issues with nature-based projects to offset emissions.
- There isn’t a universal methodology and regulation about calculating the Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions of an LNG cargo.
- There isn’t a universal methodology to calculate if the avoidance of deforestation in an African country would have saved as much emissions as an LNG cargo generates during its entire value chain, from natural gas production to end use.
- Transparency and uniformity will help alleviate fears of greenwashing—that cargoes are being marketed as environmentally friendly when they are not, either due to poor carbon credit quality or erroneous GHG measurement and accounting,
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