Energy transition: Total Delivers its First Carbon Neutral LNG Cargo
Total has delivered its first shipment of carbon neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), a release by the company has said.
According to the release, the loading operation was carried out at the Ichthys liquefaction plant in Australia, and the shipment was delivered on September 29 to the Dapeng terminal, China.
“We are proud to have completed this first shipment of carbon neutral LNG with CNOOC, a long-standing partner of Total. This first LNG shipment, whose carbon emissions have been offset throughout the value chain, represents a new step as we seek to support our customers towards carbon neutrality,” explains President for Gas at Total, Laurent Vivier.
“The development of LNG is essential to meet the growth in global demand for energy while reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products consumed.”
Total said the carbon footprint of the LNG shipment was offset with VCS (Verified Carbon Standards) emissions certificates financing two projects. The projects are: Hebei Guyuan Wind Power Project, which aims to reduce emissions from coal-based power generation in northern China and Kariba REDD+ Forest Protection Project, which aims to protect Zimbabwe’s forests.
The term “carbon neutral” indicates that Total and CNOOC have offset the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent associated with the whole carbon footprint of the LNG Cargo (including the production, liquefaction, shipping, regasification, and end-use) through VCS certified emission reduction projects.
Total has made natural gas, the least pollutant of all fossil fuels, a cornerstone of its strategy to meet a growing global demand for energy while helping to mitigate climate change. The company is focusing in particular on LNG, which can be easily transported and delivered as close as possible to consumer markets.