Brookings Institution

Brookings to Host LNG Panels March 3

February 27, 2015 in Event/Meeting, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Policy, Regulations, Environment, and Emerging Opportunities

The Brookings Institution’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative (ESCI) will host a two-panel discussion on liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel on the morning of March 3 at the Falk Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Charles Ebinger

Charles Ebinger

“As efforts to combat climate change increase worldwide, pollution stemming from maritime shipping presents a particular challenge,” the organization says: “The heavy bunker fuels predominantly used by the world’s 90,000 cargo ships are among the dirtiest and highest polluting – a single container ship can emit as many chemicals as an estimated 50 million cars.”

4% of Climate Change Emission?

Brookings notes further that marine shipping may account for around 3% to 4% of climate change emissions worldwide and that shippers are facing shrinking profit margins. Enter LNG, “a cost-efficient and arguably cleaner fuel alternative.”

Brookings cites the examples of the Harvey Energy offshore supply vessel and TOTE’s new container ships, but notes that LNG entails infrastructure challenges – hence the LNG forum.

Coast Guard, Wärtsilä, Cheniere

The March 3 sessions will be moderated by Charles Ebinger, senior fellow with the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at Brookings. The scheduled participants for the first panel, covering LNG policy, regulatory, and environmental factors, are Capt. John Mauger of the U.S. Coast Guard, James Corbett of the University of Delaware, and John Graykowski of Maritime Industry Consultants (Florida).

The scheduled participants for the second panel, on emerging opportunities and barriers to LNG adoption, are John Hatley of Wärtsilä, Ben Semmes of Cheniere Energy, and Dena Wiggins of the Natural Gas Supply Association,

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Source: Brookings Institution with HHP Insight follow-up



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