An Assessment of Energy and Environmental Issues Related to the Use of Gas-to-Liquid Fuels in Transportation

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Recent technological advances in processes for converting natural gas into liquid fuels, combined with a growing need for cleaner, low-sulfur distillate fuel to mitigate the environmental impacts of diesel engines have raised the possibility of a substantial global gas-to-liquids (G-T-L) industry. This report examines the implications of G-T-L supply for U.S. energy security and the environment. It appears that a G-T-L industry would increase competitiveness in world liquid fuels markets, even if OPEC states are major producers of G-T-L's. Cleaner G-T-L distillates would help reduce air pollution from diesel engines. Implications for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could be positive or ... continued below

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Greene, D.L. November 1, 1999.

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Recent technological advances in processes for converting natural gas into liquid fuels, combined with a growing need for cleaner, low-sulfur distillate fuel to mitigate the environmental impacts of diesel engines have raised the possibility of a substantial global gas-to-liquids (G-T-L) industry. This report examines the implications of G-T-L supply for U.S. energy security and the environment. It appears that a G-T-L industry would increase competitiveness in world liquid fuels markets, even if OPEC states are major producers of G-T-L's. Cleaner G-T-L distillates would help reduce air pollution from diesel engines. Implications for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could be positive or negative, depending on the sources of natural gas, their alternative uses, and the degree of sequestration that can be achieved for CO2 emissions produced during the conversion process.

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  • Report No.: ORNL/TM-1999/258
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464
  • DOI: 10.2172/14505 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 14505
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc625590

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Greene, D.L. An Assessment of Energy and Environmental Issues Related to the Use of Gas-to-Liquid Fuels in Transportation, report, November 1, 1999; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc625590/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.