CS MARE’s new factsheet introduces the weaknesses and potential of LNG development in the Mediterranean
Brussels, 28 June 2019 – Diffusion of alternative fuels, reduction in consumption thanks to digitalisation, zero-emission vehicles. These are the three guidelines set out by the EU to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim of lowering them at sea by 2050 by 40% compared to 2005 and by 60% compared to 1990.
LNG, Liquefied Natural Gas, in particular arises interest for road and maritime transport as a transition solution being the only realistic option for the next 15-20 years. LNG is the cleanest fossil fuel in the world, it is not toxic, corrosive or explosive. It costs less than other clean fuels and it is 600 times denser than methane gas, with significant benefits in terms of transportable volume.
The new factsheet of Fondazione CS MARE starts from the current state of development of the LNG network to highlight its perspectives and potential, focusing on the case of the Central-Eastern region of the Mediterranean Sea which, although of strategic importance for freight transport and the cruise sector, is currently lacking LNG refuelling points for ships and heavy goods vehicles.
For this reason, the “port of the future” imagined by Fondazione CS MARE is first and foremost sustainable: thanks to the development of LNG in the Mediterranean, it can be equipped with a small LNG terminal and a short/medium-range distribution network, in order to meet both local needs and that of different transiting users, facilitating the creation of positive spillover effects in the area and without compromising the maritime environment.