DNV GL has submitted a report to the European Union (EU) recommending how to address barriers to wider adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel in Europe, in a bid to reduce emissions.
By November this year, all member states are required to submit national policy frameworks for the implementation of the EU alternative fuels directive.
The company said that the gaps in the legislative or regulatory framework and the lack of harmonised standards are the two key barriers for adopting LNG as marine fuel.
DNV GL – Oil & Gas, Gas Value Chain global segment leader Martin Layfield said: "DNV GL’s assessment of the existing rules, standards and guidelines shows that from a legal point of view, there are no remaining major showstoppers for the use of LNG as fuel, both for seagoing vessels and inland waterway vessels, nor for the deployment of LNG bunker facilities.
"DNV GL has advised the EU to implement a low / moderate harmonisation scenario as the most workable policy option which will enable members states to transpose the directive on alternative fuels with a ‘light touch’."
The company’s latest report is part of the ‘Study on the completion of an EU framework on LNG-fuelled ships and its relevant fuel provision infrastructure’, commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE).
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It also builds on a study commissioned by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and provides an overview of applicable standards, rules and regulations that are available at present and that govern the maritime LNG supply chain.
DNV GL – Oil & Gas Continental Europe, North and East Africa regional manager Liv Hovem said: "Natural gas has a key role to play in the future energy mix and Europe will continue to be a significant import hub for LNG.
"DNV GL is already driving harmonisation through a recommended practice for LNG bunkering and is well placed to support member states as well as port authorities and the wider industry with guidance on adopting the guidance into their own legislation, in much the same way as we are doing with the industry on the EU Offshore Directive."
With PwC as a main contributor, the company also contributed to the EU report on creating awareness on LNG risks and opportunities.
Image: DNV GL – Oil & Gas Continental Europe, North and East Africa regional manager Liv Hovem. Photo: © DNV GL AS