Malaysian energy giant Petronas said it has delivered its maiden carbon-neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to Japan’s Shikoku Electric.
Shikoku Electric received the cargo at the Sakaide import terminal in Shikoku Island. Petronas supplied the shipment from its Bintulu complex in Malaysia on Tuesday, it said in a statement.
Also, the Malaysian firm said it has offset the estimated carbon footprint of the LNG cargo through renewables-based carbon credits. This includes the emissions generated from upstream gas exploration and production, transportation, liquefaction, and shipping of the cargo.
Additionally, the carbon credits used by Petronas for the delivery were certified under the Verified Carbon Standard program. According to Petronas, the program is globally recognised and has been adopted by energy players and producers.
In the LNG industry, carbon-neutral LNG is seen as a catalyst to spur greater carbon commitments, with a growing number of LNG consumers seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint, Petronas said.
As an integrated energy player, Petronas “actively seeks collaborations with buyers and end-users to achieve their sustainability goals,” it said.
Besides the maiden carbon-neutral LNG cargo, Petronas is also reducing its carbon footprint throughout its LNG and gas value chain.
These carbon reduction efforts, among others, include powering the Bintulu LNG complex with 90MW of hydroelectricity, conducting flare recovery as well as carbon capture and storage from offshore gas fields, Petronas said.