The days of advertising liquefied natural gas as “molecules of freedom” or “freedom gas” are over at the US Department of Energy.United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm indicated during a visit to Houston that the Biden administration would prefer to promote and sell a cleaner form of superchilled fuel.
The statement represents a policy reversal from the Trump administration, which has pushed down environmental rules and promoted United States LNG globally.Investors and governments have been putting increasing pressure on the energy industry to increase efforts to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, with some stunning victory for campaigners versus Big Oil this week.LNG producers in the United States are working to improve their environmental image in order to secure supply agreements with environmentally sensitive clients in Europe and Asia.
Following a tour of an Air Liquide SA hydrogen facility in La Porte, Texas, Granholm remarked, “We want to be able to market and market clean technology.” “That may be natural gas that has been decarbonizing or natural gas that has had the methane flaring removed.”Cheniere Energy Inc., the leading LNG exporter in the United States, has revealed that it will contain carbon emission tags with its cargoes, enabling customers to audit a shipment’s environmental imprint.One of the company’s LNG ships recently took part in research that looked at emissions on a journey from Texas to Europe.
Venture Global LNG, located in Arlington, Virginia, stated on Thursday that it wants to deploy carbon capture and sequestration at three export terminals in Louisiana, one of which is already under construction and set to start producing LNG later this year.NextDecade Corp., Houston, is still trying to vend enough contracts to subsidize its estimated Rio Grande LNG export terminal, South Texas. The company has also promised to include carbon capture and storage in the project.