Industry-backed analysis touts ‘climate advantage’ of LNG exports

By Carlos Anchondo | 04/17/2024 06:51 AM EDT

The report found that U.S. LNG had a lower emissions intensity than coal when used for power generation in 13 European and Asian countries.

A liquefied natural gas tanker.

A liquefied natural gas tanker. Business Wire

U.S. liquefied natural gas is better for the climate than coal or Russian gas when used for power generation in Europe and Asia, according to a new industry-backed report.

The analysis, released Tuesday by consulting firm Berkeley Research Group (BRG), assessed the life-cycle emissions of U.S. LNG and competing fuels in 13 countries: eight in Europe and five in Asia.

LNG Allies and the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC) commissioned the report, which comes amid the Department of Energy’s pause in LNG export approvals as it updates climate and economic analyses. Many researchers say natural gas likely contributes more to planetary warming than previously thought, partly because of leaks from pipelines and other infrastructure.


Environmental groups immediately criticized the report on Tuesday, highlighting its connection to the gas industry.