* Top U.S. LNG exporter launches effort to measure emissions
* Initiative to test technologies, techniques for reducing
SAO PAULO, June 10 (Reuters) - The largest U.S. liquefied
natural gas (LNG) exporter, Cheniere Energy Inc, said on
Thursday it would quantify carbon emissions from its suppliers
and production sites and supply the information to customers.
LNG buyers have begun asking suppliers for natural gas
sourcing data and greenhouse gas emissions to reduce their own
carbon footprints. Several LNG producers are proposing adding
carbon capture and storage alongside their LNG projects.
Cheniere said it signed agreements with five natural gas
producers and several academic institutions to implement
quantification, monitoring, reporting and verification of
greenhouse gas emissions.
The initiative aims to improve the overall understanding of
LNG's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and advance
monitoring technologies. Cheniere has said it plans to provide
cargo emissions tags to its customers beginning in 2022.
Consumers are increasingly committing to environmental
targets and paying a premium to have emissions neutralized from
wellhead through consumption, for which they request
Cheniere supplied last month its first carbon-neutral LNG
cargo to Royal Dutch Shell Plc as part of a long-term
LNG developer NextDecade Corp is working with
Project Canary to certify the greenhouse gas intensity of LNG to
be sold from its proposed Rio Grande plant. Gazprom PAO
earlier delivered its first carbon-neutral LNG
shipment to Europe.
Ground-based, aerial and satellite monitoring technologies
will be used to establish baseline emissions levels, Cheniere
Aethon Energy, Ascent Resources, EQT Corp and
Pioneer Natural Resources Co have agreed to join in an
emissions monitoring program.
"Collaboration with our natural gas suppliers is a key
component of Chenieres focus on quantifying and improving
environmental performance," said Cheniere CEO Jack Fusco.
The project is supported by researchers from the Payne
Institute for Public Policy, Harrisburg University of Science
and Technology, SLR International and monitoring technology
providers Montrose Environmental, SeekOps, Bridger Photonics Inc
(Reporting by Sabrina Valle in Sao Paulo
Additional reporting by Scott DiSavino in New York
Editing by Matthew Lewis)