Carbon capture on board LNG-fuelled ships

A project involving science and industry partners has received EU funding to accelerate the uptake of ship-based carbon capture on LNG-fuelled ships.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set an objective of halving GHG emissions from global shipping by 2050. Recommended measures include the use of alternative fuels such as LNG or bio-LNG. [1] To further reduce CO2 emissions, the EverLoNG project will demonstrate the feasibility of CO2 capture on board two LNG-fuelled ships, which could be a low-cost alternative to zero-emission fuels, such as ammonia and hydrogen. This project involves 16 scientific and industry partners from five countries (Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and the US). In April 2022, the project received EU funding of 3.4 million euros. [2]


In the past few years, several projects have been initiated in Europe, Japan and South Korean to explore carbon capture onboard vessels. [3] The EverLoNG project has the ambitious target of moving the technology closer to market readiness by 2025, with a marginal abatement cost – the cost of reducing environmental impact – of between €75 and €100 per tonne of CO2 equivalent and a CO2 capture rate of up to 90%. [4]


Using a prototype that will be developed as part of the project, ten tonnes of CO2 will be captured on board an LNG carrier during a 3000-hour test campaign. This first test campaign will provide data on environmental emissions and the impact of motion on capture rates, capture solvent behaviour and degradation. A second campaign of around 500 hours on board another LNG-fuelled ship will serve to compare the system performance on both ships. [5]


Ship-based carbon capture in the full carbon capture and utilisation (CCUS) chain. [6]




[1] IMO’s work to cut GHG emissions from ships.

[2] EverLoNG. About the project.

[3] EverLoNG ship-based carbon capture project wins EU funding.

[4] International team nets €3.4M to advance ship-based carbon capture for maritime sector.

[5] EverLoNG. WP1: Demonstrating ship-based carbon capture.

[6] EverLoNG. WP2: Ship-based carbon capture in the full CCUS chain.