Energy for the 21st Century
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Energy for the 21st Century

Opportunities and Challenges for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Susan L. Sakmar

Countries around the world are increasingly looking to liquefied natural gas (LNG) – natural gas that has been cooled until it forms a transportable liquid – to meet growing energy demand. Energy for the 21st Century provides critical insights into the opportunities and challenges LNG faces, including its potential role in a carbon-constrained world.
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Chapter 7: Safety and environmental sustainability of LNG

Opportunities and Challenges for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Susan L. Sakmar


Regarding it as a clean-burning fuel, many policy leaders have suggested that LNG can play an important role as the world struggles to meet growing energy demand using more environmentally sustainable fuels. Others, however, have claimed that various safety issues and the environmental impact of LNG projects, including the life-cycle emissions of producing and shipping LNG, may nullify any clean-burning benefit LNG might otherwise provide. Over the same time period that the trade in LNG has grown, it has become increasingly clear that energy production and use will play key roles in moving toward an environmentally sustainable future. This chapter analyzes whether LNG can play a role in a sustainable energy future in the context of the above-mentioned issues. Going forward, new projects in Australia and elsewhere will inform the discussion over the environmental sustainability of LNG and there is much room for research and debate on this topic.

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