A Cleaner Energy Source
In March 2007, European heads of state endorsed what is now known as the 20-20-20 agenda:
• to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%;
• to increase the share of renewable energy in energy consumption to 20%;
• to cut energy demand by 20%;
All of this should be achieved by 2020!
These are ambitious targets. We are only eleven years from the deadline and much remains to be done. Many national governments are already worried about the investment involved.
But there is one energy source that is environmentally responsible, secure, affordable and available on the spot, and yet it’s an energy source that has been widely unknown: this is LPG.
Poor air quality is still a major concern for all European Governments, yet about 15 member states are expected to fail to achieve their 2010 pollution-reduction targets.
One of the major causes of local air pollution in the EU is transport, with oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Particulate Matter (PM) being the three most serious pollutants.
LPG produces significantly less NOx and PM than diesel. Most European Governments recognise this and actively encourage the use of LPG in vehicles. However, because LPG vehicles can emit up to 20% less CO2 than gasoline, LPG can also make a major contribution to EU carbon-reduction targets.
But reducing local air pollution is a lot more than just achieving targets. Poor air quality damages human health, buildings and vegetation, at enormous economic cost. Europe has exceptional towns and cities. Let’s keep them that way by using LPG.
LPG Helps Reduce CO2 Emissions!
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.