What does LNG mean? What about LBG?

Gas-related abbreviations can be a bit confusing. Here’s our quick guide to Gasum gas products for maritime transport.

LNG = liquefied natural gas

LBG = liquefied biogas

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Download our guide - Liquefied gas for cleaner maritime transports

We have gathered some information for you in a guide about cleaner maritime transports. You will see what influences shipping to reduce emissions, including regulations, market demands and trends.

The cleanest marine fuel available

Reducing emissions in the maritime sector is crucial to mitigate the impacts of climate change and protect human health. Liquefied gas, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), can help reduce emissions in the maritime sector because it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants than traditional marine fuels. LNG is also readily available and can be used with existing engine technologies, making it a viable alternative to traditional marine fuels. Renewable Liquefied Biogas (LBG) can also be used to blend with LNG to lower emissions even more. By using LNG as a marine fuel, shipping companies can reduce their emissions and comply with international regulations, such as the IMO's greenhouse gas reduction strategy.

LNG is a safe and proven technology that offers higher energy content and lower operational and maintenance costs. It is suitable for all vessel types, including ferries, passenger ships, tankers, bulk carriers, supply and containerships.

As a premium provider of LNG, Gasum is a trustworthy partner for both experienced buyers and for customers that are switching from conventional fuels to LNG. Our wide variety of sustainable yet efficient services and solutions support our customers in optimising their operations for a more sustainable future.

Decarbonization of the maritime industry 

Maritime traffic generates 3 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide. This contributes to global warming and extreme weather conditions. CO2 is emitted by ships using petroleum-based fuels to power main and auxiliary engines. Through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) the world’s shipping industry is constantly working to reduce CO2 emissions. 

LNG as a marine fuel meets all the current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations. Switching to LNG means complete removal of Sox and particles, and reduction of Nox emissions of up to 85 percent. LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20 percent.

As a fuel, LNG is interchangeable with renewable LBG (liquefied biogas), as they both consist mainly of methane. This means that the two gases can be mixed. Using both LNG and LBG is one of the concrete actions that will take us towards a low-carbon society of the future.

Contact our sales team to discuss more about gas as a solution for cleaner maritime transport.

Towards cleaner maritime transport