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Methane Leaks Make LNG-Powered Ships Dirtier Than Other Vessels

A new study calls into question a key plank of the European Union’s proposed regulations to cut emissions.

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Leaking Methane Makes LNG-Powered Ships Dirtier Than Fuel Oil

Methane leaks from ships using liquefied natural gas as fuel make most of the vessels dirtier than ones using diesel or heavy fuel oil, a new analysis shows. 

The findings, by Brussels-based nonprofit Transport & Environment, call into question a key plank of the European Union’s proposed regulations aimed at decarbonizing the emissions heavy shipping industry. The study was based on data from the European Commission and IHS Markit.