Liquid and gas energy sources are being increasingly produced using biotechnologies or renewable materials (e.g. bio LNG or synthetic LNG). They then become carbon neutral and represent an important pillar in the energy revolution and the shift to sustainable transport. Research, the energy sector and politics assume that a large part of these environmentally friendly energy sources and fuels, particularly synthetic ones, will be imported. They justify this by underlining the cost advantages of renewable energy production sites in windy and sunny regions outside Europe, and growing problems in terms of accepting the expansion of such production sites in Europe. Thus, the role of LNG will remain significant in the long term beyond 2040, with the fossil share being increasingly replaced by organic LNG or synthetic LNG, initially in the form of blends.
Synthetic fuels will play a significant role in the mobility sector, especially heavy goods vehicle traffic, shipping and aviation, because it is not possible to electrify these sectors—not even in the long term. Synthetic methane can also play an important role in heat production. Market leaders such as IVECO or the BMW Group are already systematically testing its use in heavy goods vehicle traffic. There are already countless examples in the shipping industry too, such as that of the shipping companies CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd AG or the LNG-operated ferry between Brunsbüttel and Cuxhaven.
Infrastructures that promote and drive this development forward are essential to the energy revolution and the shift to sustainable transport. This includes the planned LNG import and distribution terminal at the Brunsbüttel site. Without complex technical modifications, this infrastructure can be used both for fossil fuel LNG and for green LNG. Therefore, an import infrastructure, such as the terminal in Brunsbüttel, will remain indispensable in the long term.
German LNG Terminal GmbH can make a significant contribution to the successful further development of Schleswig-Holstein as an energy-producing state.
German LNG Terminal GmbH is expressly committed to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement as well as to the climate policy goals of the German Federal Government and the European Union, which are to reduce CO2 emissions and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Natural gas retains a leading role and contributes to the achievement of the climate protection targets. This is also confirmed by the German Federal Government’s gas strategy (Gas 2030).