Total has delivered its first shipment of carbon neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).
The term “carbon neutral” indicates that Total and CNOOC have offset the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent associated with the whole carbon footprint of the LNG Cargo (including the production, liquefaction, shipping, regasification, and end-use) through Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) certified emission reduction projects.
The loading operation was carried out at the Ichthys liquefaction plant in Australia, and the shipment was delivered on September 29 to the Dapeng terminal, China.
“We are proud to have completed this first shipment of carbon neutral LNG with CNOOC, a long-standing partner of Total. This first LNG shipment, whose carbon emissions have been offset throughout the value chain, represents a new step as we seek to support our customers towards carbon neutrality,” explains Laurent Vivier, President for Gas at Total. “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.”
The carbon footprint of the LNG shipment was offset with VCS emissions certificates financing two projects:
- Hebei Guyuan Wind Power Project, which aims to reduce emissions from coal-based power generation in northern China.
- Kariba REDD+ Forest Protection Project, which aims to protect Zimbabwe’s forests.