When it comes to CO2 emissions, LPG is one of the cleanest fuels available. When used to power vehicles, LPG emits significantly less CO2 than petrol. As the targets set for vehicle emissions are becoming increasingly tighter, the use of LPG will not only contribute to a cleaner environment but will also help to sustain the profitability of the European automotive industry.
In domestic and industrial use, LPG generates an average of 15% less CO2 per kilowatt hour than oil, 50% less than coal and substantially less than the average European electricity distributed via the grid. All of this clearly suggests that the widespread adoption of LPG can make a major impact on reducing emissions of CO2.
In the UK, Calor (a subsidiary of SHV Energy) is investing heavily in the development of domestic energy technology that could halve the CO2 emissions of a typical property – with only a limited additional cost to the consumer. An example is Calor’s projected LPG fuel cell boiler. This will use a high-efficiency condensing boiler to provide heat while also generating about 80% of the electricity needed in the average rural home.