What is the Platts Carbon Neutral LNG (CNL)?
Platts Carbon Neutral LNG (CNL) is a daily price assessment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) cargoes whose carbon dioxide equivalent emissions have been offset up to and including the point of regasification (on a well-to-tank basis).
The assessment is an estimate of the costs associated with offsetting a standard, 3.4TBtu cargo of LNG, shipped from Australia to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China (JKTC) on a standard tri-fuel diesel-electric (TFDE) LNG carrier. The estimate uses a weighted average of the emissions from all Australia LNG liquefaction projects based on their 2020 annual production to arrive at a carbon dioxide equivalent value per metric tonne of LNG produced in Australia. Platts then adds the emissions associated with shipping LNG from Australia to JKTC (including the ballast leg), and then adds the emissions associated with regasification in North Asia to the figure. Finally, Platts uses its CNC carbon assessment to value the cost of purchasing nature-based voluntary carbon credits. This brings us to the $/MMBtu value for a WTT carbon-neutral LNG trade.