Bio-LNG in focus

Prospects for the production and use of Bio-LNG in Lower Saxony

Online conference. Over 90 participants accepted the invitation to the event “Bio-LNG in Focus”, which was organised by the LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen in cooperation with the Fachverband Biogas e.V. on 8th of July 2020. The LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen has set out to shape the opportunities and potential for sustainable economic LNG development on the coast and for the entire state. The aim of the activity is to actively support the development of an LNG infrastructure and LNG technology across all sectors in Lower Saxony and especially in the coastal region, but also to accompany it critically. This also includes the introduction of low CO2/free Bio-LNG and the development of the corresponding production capacities.

“LNG as an energy source has the potential to make a decisive and above all economic contribution to energy system transformation in both the transport and transport sector. The use of LNG and Bio-LNG can contribute in the short and long term to achieving climate protection targets and improving air quality. […] Processed biogas can be a real alternative to fossil diesel. […] Lower Saxony, with its agriculture and existing biogas infrastructure, offers the best conditions for establishing Bio-LNG as a fuel in the medium term […]”, said Minister Dr. Bernd Althusmann in a video clip welcoming the participants of the event.

Iñaki Merkel of Merkel Energy pointed out in his presentation that „the necessary opportunities for a successful and sustainable energy turnaround in freight transport now exist with Bio-LNG. Current investments and projects initiated by various market participants show that the transport and fuel sector is ready to switch to renewable fuels today.

Alexey Mozgovoy from the Fachverband Biogas e.V. explained in his presentation the climate protection contribution of Bio-LNG and its relevance for the transport sector, as well as the legal framework and the economic viability of Bio-LNG production. In addition, Uwe Garbe from the Gesamtverband Verkehrsgewerbe Niedersachsen (GVN) e. V. reported on the innovative ability of the logistics sector and its willingness to use Bio-LNG and referred to the current fuel availability and supply infrastructure.

Finally, Jürgen Muhle of Alternoil GmbH presented the activities of a filling station network operator in the field of Bio-LNG and explained the requirements and framework conditions for establishing Bio-LNG as a fuel.

The topics of incentive systems and funding opportunities for the use of Bio-LNG as fuel as well as the regulatory risks for investment decisions were discussed intensively. The LNG.Agentur will take up these and other topics and deepen them in the context of further event formats, expert discussions and publications. 

The presentations of the event you will find HERE.   

The LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitisation via the “Gemeinschaftsaufgabe Verbesserung der regionalen Wirtschaftsstruktur” (GRW). The office is located at MARIKO GmbH in Leer. The activities of the LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen are supported by the partners Wilhelmshavener Hafenwirtschafts-Vereinigung e.V., Landkreis Emsland, Stadt Wilhelmshaven, Oldenburgische Industrie- und Handelskammer, Industrie- und Handelskammer für Ostfriesland und Papenburg, Landkreis Leer, Landkreis Friesland, Strategierat Maritime Wirtschaft Weser-Ems, Stadt Emden and the Landkreis Wesermarsch.

alternative fuels, Bio-LNG, green shipping

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