The potential of Bio-LNG in decarbonizing logistics presented in our latest whitepaper

Amsterdam, 10 March 2022 - Smart Freight Centre launches the Bio-LNG whitepaper that covers the effectiveness and potential of bio-LNG as a mechanism in decarbonizing logistics.

Today, we launch the Bio-LNG Whitepaper. The main goal of this paper is to present the available information on bio-LNG in a way that is useable for providers and purchasers to reach their GHG emission reduction goals.

Currently, the transport sector is in a transition phase on the road towards zero emissions. The understanding of how low emission fuels and vehicles can help governments and companies navigate this transition phase has become a crucial topic.

In recent years, Smart Freight Centre has received numerous inquiries about the effectiveness of using bio-LNG to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for road transportation. In response, the Low Emission Fuels and Vehicles (LEFV) Program within the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) further worked and collaborated with partners to bundle all elements and common strategies involving bio-LNG.

Bio-LNG has the potential to offer significant well-to-wheel GHG emissions reductions for long-distance, heavy-duty road transport, depending on the feedstock used and avoided direct release of methane to the atmosphere. This whitepaper provides guidance on calculating the emissions of both LNG and bio-LNG to help those who have already invested or are considering investing in these alternative fuels. Here are some of the key highlights of the paper:

  • The work builds on the GHG emission factors for road freight vehicles: Desktop Review, which explored the emission factors for bio-fuels made from a variety of feedstock.

  • It compares the emissions of both spark-ignition and high-pressure direct ignition LNG engines for bio-LNG with various blends and sources of certified emission factors.

  • It considers methane slip, which is an important source of GHG emissions from LNG vehicles.
  • The whitepaper also provides recommendations on when the use of bio-LNG would be most effective in the transport operators broader and longer-term strategy for decarbonisation.

The Bio-LNG Whitepaper is not intended to advocate for or against the use of LNG or bio-LNG for road freight transportation but provides better understanding of its potential as a mechanism to decarbonize logistics. The results of the study will be incorporated in the next update to the GLEC framework.

More about the Low Emission Fuels and Vehicles Program

This publication is a part of phase 3 of the GLEC (Global Logistics Emissions Council) and addresses members and participants to work together on the following main activities:

  1. Develop a guidance on the use and sustainability of specific biofuels for road transport

  2. Review and establish emission factors for the calculation and reporting of GHG logistics emissions from new fuels and energy carriers for road transport

  3. Set up a GLEC working group on energy source, sustainability and GHG emission factors

Interested to join this program?

The benefits for shippers, carriers, LSPs and other organizations are:

  • Influence the topics addressed in Low Emission Fuels and Vehicle (LEFV) work program

  • Get more complete and reliable emission calculation results and practical information on LEFV solutions

  • Increase speed and effectiveness of LEFV solutions implementation through collaboration

For more information, contact the following:

Rocio Espinosa – Project Manager:

Tharsis Teoh – Technical Manager: