Total has delivered the first shipment of ‘carbon-neutral’ liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).
The loading operation was carried out at the Ichthys liquefaction plant off the coast of Australia and the shipment was delivered on 29th September to the Dapeng terminal, which is China’s first LNG terminal.
LNG is itself a fossil fuel, which when burned, contributes to climate change.
The energy giant says the carbon dioxide emissions of this first LNG shipment have been offset with Verified Carbon Standards certificates financing two projects.
The first project aims to reduce emissions from coal-based power generation in Northern China and the second is working to protect Zimbabwe’s forests.
Laurent Vivier, President for Gas at Total, said: “The development of LNG is essential to meet the growth in global demand for energy while reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products consumed.”