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Climate Change

Are energy companies' carbon neutral gas products truly green?

'Environmental friendly' LNG from Shell, BP, Total may not work as advertised

By using carbon neutral LNG, companies can claim they don't emit CO2 while burning gas. (Source photo by Getty Images and Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Some liquefied natural gas products touted as adding no net carbon to the atmosphere do not have a solid basis for that claim, according to the latest Nikkei investigation into carbon emissions credits.

"Carbon neutral" LNG products offered by global energy companies make use of carbon credits issued by environmental projects working to keep CO2 out of the atmosphere. But some of these projects appear to be issuing credits far in excess of the actual amount of carbon they soak up.

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