Western States and Tribal Nations LNG Study

U.S. LNG Would Reduce Net Life Cycle Emissions by 42%-55% if Exported to Asia to Replace Coal-Fired Generation, Western States and Tribal Nations Study Finds.

 Denver, CO – LNG produced in Rockies basins and exported from the North American West Coast to China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan would produce net life cycle emissions reductions of between 42%-55% if used to replace coal-fired energy generation, according to a new study released by Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) Natural Gas Initiative. 

The study, entitled “Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Liquefied Natural Gas Exports from North America’s West Coast for Coal-Displaced Electricity Generation in Asia,” accounts for the entire greenhouse gas emissions impact of Rockies-sourced gas by assessing every point of the LNG supply chain. That starts with production at the well head and ends with the emissions from natural gas transmission and distribution in China, India, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. 

Produced in partnership with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), the study builds on earlier academic studies that examined the global greenhouse gas savings potential of LNG exports. This new study is authored by Adebola S. Kasumu, Ph.D, P.Eng., who was the lead author of a previous similar emissions study while at the University of Calgary, and Kerry Kelly, Ph.D, and Lauren P. Birgenheier, Ph.D, of the University of Utah. 

To view a Summary of Findings, please click here. The full study is available here

About Western States and Tribal Nations 

Western States and Tribal Nations is a unique, trans-national initiative led by, state, county and sovereign tribal nation governments focused on creating rural economic development, advancing tribal self-determination and reducing global emissions by exporting western North American natural gas to international markets that need lower-emitting fuel. 


Bryson Hull P: 202-657-2855 bhull@hbwresources.com 

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