LNG Exports will lead to lower emissions in 2019; China cuts emissions 12%

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China’s Gas Pivot Is Starting To Pay Off
Tim Daiss, OilPrice.Com, January 9, 2019

Environmental authorities in China said on Friday that Beijing and its surrounding industrial province of Hebei cut smog emissions by at least 12 percent in 2018 after a long crackdown on polluters as well as campaigns to reduce household coal use. Beijing’s local government said that the city’s emissions of small, hazardous breathable particles known as PM2.5 fell 12 percent to 51 micrograms per cubic meter (mcg) over the whole of 2018. The government said that average emissions are still significantly higher than China’s official air quality standard of 35 micrograms. It added that 656 polluting enterprises were forced to relocate last year, with firms and individuals fined a total of 230 million yuan ($33.50 million) for violations, up 22.5 percent from last year.

From the Washington Examiner Daily on Energy:

INDUSTRY GROUPS TOUT LNG EXPORTS TO LOWER EMISSIONS IN 2019: Oil industry trade groups announced Thursday that the U.S. becoming the third largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter in 2019 will lead to significant emissions reductions.

The new joint assessment, led by the American Petroleum Institute, Center for LNG, and the group LNG Allies, is meant to underscore the job creation, emissions reductions and reliable energy supplies that U.S. LNG will provide in the new year.

“With LNG export capacity set to nearly double in 2019, the United States is poised to become a leading global supplier,” said Todd Snitchler, API’s vice president for market development.

He said LNG cargoes have been delivered to nearly 30 countries around the globe, stating that as LNG demand continues to grow, the industry expects even more countries to reap the benefits of reduced emissions from U.S. LNG.

The statement follows a report by the Rhodium Group earlier this week that showed U.S. greenhouse gas emissions rose last year due to the rapid uptick in natural gas and despite the continued retirement of coal-fired power plants.