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Experience researcher and consultant in energy policies and markets, have implemented projects on EU energy policies, natural gas markets, investment climate in Russia's oil and gas industries...

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  • Jul 28, 2021

In light of the growing interest in green LNG - achieved either via offsetting or emissions reduction - a new policy brief for the EU largest energy policy think tank Florence School of Regulation offers a new analytical frame. The Policy brief highlights existing political concerns regarding lack of transparency, fragmented certification and difficult monitoring process. On these grounds, the paper crafts out solutions. n particular, greater attention should be paid to methane emissions and gas flaring reduction, which could become part of the offsetting. Moreover, negative emissions from biomethane — and hence from bio-LNG — have to be supported in the certification of Green LNG. The full text is available for free upon the link above. Comments, feedback and reactions are welcome!

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Matt Chester on Jul 28, 2021

n particular, greater attention should be paid to methane emissions and gas flaring reduction, which could become part of the offsetting.

I would imagine this has to come with wider availability of certain technologies to adapt to this, as detection is key to enforcement and it can't be put past any individual entity from trying to game the system

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Andrei Belyi on Jul 28, 2021

Indeed. Bottom-up approach through infrared cameras would provide better monitoring than drone-based monitoring. But companies need to install them voluntarily, and it's not always the case. Plus, it's an additional cost as well. 

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Jim Stack on Jul 30, 2021

I feel the NG, LNG and Hydrogen push is just a big delay in real progress and clean renewable technology. If you check the FACTS you can see how these don't really make any progress. 

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Andrei Belyi on Jul 30, 2021

In power generation, growth of renewables has been quite significant, but transport still relies on heavy fossil fuels. The policy brief discusses green LNG with focus on transport and - mainly - heavy truck and maritime transport. I agree on hydrogen though, the IEA reports accumulated production of 7 million tons by 2030 on the basis of existing electrolysis projects. This makes only 10% of the current global hydrogen production. 

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