LNG from Cheniere is already helping to make an impact on improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions in markets around the world.
In China, environmental policies have focused on air quality issues, including the 2018 “Blue Sky” three-year action plan. From 2016-2018, China’s natural gas use increased by more than 30%. Over that same period, the country’s LNG consumption more than doubled to about 56 million tonnes per year (mtpa), with a significant number of cargoes originating from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility.
Air quality improved over those years, especially in urban areas, as millions of households switched from coal to gas heating. By 2019, Beijing’s average Air Quality Index, which includes PM2.5 — the kind of fine-particle pollution that can cause significant health risks — improved over 30% relative to 2014.
At the same time, natural gas helped create a net benefit to the climate. A recent study by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), estimates that every U.S. LNG cargo shipped to China has the potential to displace GHG emissions of approximately 140,000 metric tons CO2e, equivalent to taking over 30,000 cars off the road for a year. That’s just one example of the kind of impact Cheniere’s LNG can have globally to improve public health and the environment, and support the transition to a lower-carbon future.