The focus of the International Forum is the use of LNG (liquefied natural gas) in the transport sector, more specifically in sea-ground connections and other sectors in the international, European and national framework.
LNG is a key energy carrier in the strategy of diversification and transformation of energy systems towards the goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions (carbon-neutral economy).
The European Green Deal and the Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate (PNIEC) of Italy foresee an increasing contribution of LNG direct uses to energy demand for the years up to 2030 and beyond.
For the development of the use of hydrogen as a vector with zero climate-changing impact, the Small Scale LNG is the only consolidated and already available technological platform, sharing the two sectors system architecture, components, cryogenics, logistics.
Small Scale LNG, thanks to its better environmental characteristics and its prevailing use in powered transportation, has shown greater resistance to the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic than other fuels in land transportation.
There has been a slight delay in building site works, while orders for new infrastructure and means of transport are confirmed. In the maritime field, the suspension of cruises, now resumed, has not stopped orders for new ships of all types.
The High Tyrrhenian Sea and with it the Genoese and Ligurian system of transports and connections represent a viable and efficient corridor for the interconnections between Mediterranean and Central-Northern Europe in order to achieve the objectives of response to global climate change and for the security of energy supplies.
In this perspective LNG as a fuel for transport can make an important contribution and be valued with positive consequences for economic and industrial development and employment.
The Forum, conceived by the Metropolitan City of Genoa, promoted together with the Liguria Region with the design and organizational support of Conferenza GNL, and which is part of the Interreg Italy-France Maritime 2014-2020 program and specifically the Signal and Promo-LNG projects, aims to represent an important step in the path of initiatives and events aimed at assessing and seizing opportunities for territorial development and business opportunities.
The themes of the Forum include:
– Small scale LNG and environment
– Perspectives of direct uses of small scale LNG
– LNG logistics and global trade flows
– The impact of coronavirus on small scale LNG
– Achievements and projects in major international ports
– Development scenarios in the Euro-Mediterranean region
– LNG in PNIEC, European Green Deal and hydrogen
– Role of Genoa, Liguria and the entrepreneurial system
– Comparisons between LNG and other options
– LNG from fossil to renewable, bio LNG and beyond
– Technological innovation and new enterprises
– Capitalization of cross-border research
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