Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Fuelling Maritime Shipping with Liquefied Natural Gas

The Case of Japan
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The use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a ship fuel is expected to increase significantly from its current marginal share in the coming years. This will require new facilities where ships can take on board the LNG. Japan is positioning itself as a potential hub in Asia for LNG refuelling. This study assesses the factors that will influence the realisation of that ambition.

Policy Insights

  • Involve stakeholders in the development of policies governing LNG bunkering.
  • Plan LNG infrastructure in a flexible manner.
  • Stimulate international cooperation in LNG bunkering services.
  • Mitigate negative environmental side-effects of LNG-fuelled shipping.

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