- In comparison to most hydrocarbons, LPG generates lower amounts of carbon dioxide per amount of heat produced.
- LPG has a comparably high heating value, meaning it contains more energy per kilogramme than most competing fuels
- Propane and Butane, the two forms of LPG used within Europe are not among the greenhouse gases listed by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific body of the United Nations.
- Studies show that LPG emits less greenhouse gases (GHG) than gasoline, diesel, heavy fuel oil, ethanol and coal. Both the emissions it gives off when burnt and those released as a result of extracting and processing LPG are considerably lower than other fossil fuels. LPG also emits less CO2 than any other fossil fuel when measured through the totalfuel cycle.In its five main applications – automotive, cooking, heating, power and barbeques – LPG’s carbon footprint is at the lower end of the range compared to other fossil fuels.
- Transport is responsible for 24% of EU greenhouse gas emissions. LPG is currently the most widely used alternative fuel, accounting for roughly 2% of the road transport fuel mix in the European union. Please see page 3 of “EU Energy Figures in 2009” by the European Commission (DG TREN).
Air pollution at a local level, particularly in urban areas, is an immediate and long-term health hazard. Polluted air not only compromises human health – increased hospital admissions due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems – it also afflicts plants, animals and even buildings. Local air pollutants are primarily generated in the transport, heating and power generation sectors.
Studies consistently demonstrate that LPG with its short, simple molecular structure pollutes less than the other traditional automotive fuels.