CSG industry greener than thought: CSIRO

Greenhouse gas emissions from large liquefied natural gas projects on Australia’s east coast are not as high as previously thought, according to a landmark CSIRO report.

The Australian Financial Review is reporting that while the sheer volume of LNG exports from Gladstone in Central Queensland have helped push up Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions, the new report has found the carbon created from the coal seam gas LNG projects was at the lower end on a global scale.

The CSIRO report, which assessed the greenhouse gas emissions from a single CSG to LNG project in Queensland, also found Australia could lower its carbon emissions significantly if it diverted the gas now bound for export and used it for domestic electricity generation – provided it replaced existing black thermal coal-fired power plants.

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