Industrial news > LPG is a Greener, Cleaner, and Cheaper Energy
Reduce your carbon footprint by running on LPG. Independent Pan-European tests were undertaken in 2003 which demonstrated the following results:
- LPG is 20.3% Less CO2 Than Petrol.
- LPG is 1.8% Less CO2 Than Diesel.
The 2005 report by CONCAWE found a small CO2 advantage of LPG over diesel increasing to 10% by 2010 as a result of the worsening CO2 emissions of diesels as those engines struggle to meet Euro V emission standards.
Air quality, particularly in urban areas, is a continuing issue for the nation’s health. Department of Health statistics show that particulates are responsible for thousands of advanced deaths and thousands of instances of illness; also NOx emissions are a major element of low-level ozone, which causes smog and can worsen existing asthma conditions. Extensive independent tests showed that:
- One diesel vehicle emits 120 times the amount of fine particles as the equivalent LPG vehicle
- It takes 20 LPG vehicles to emit the same amount of NOx as one diesel vehicle.
The implementation of “Euro” emission limits is bringing about an improvement in the NOx and particulate emissions of new vehicles but this is only to a limited extent compared with LPG. Even Euro VI diesel vehicles will have many times more NOx emissions than those running on LPG.
LPG vehicle users can save around 40% on fuel costs compared with petrol, and over 20% compared with the equivalent diesel. A typical example of a popular car is the 2005 Vauxhall Vectra for which the figures are:
||Fuel Price **
5 speed saloon
||£2.64 per gal
58.1p per litre
6 speed saloon
||£5.95 per gal
131.0p per litre
5 speed saloon
||£5.34 per gal
117.5 p per litre
* Source - Vehicle Certification Agency imperial combined mpg
** Source- Fleet News – 19/6/2008
Another way of looking at the massive savings by running on LPG autogas is by comparing the number of miles travelled for £10 for each fuel. The figures for the above example show:
The low price of LPG autogas is a result of the low level of fuel duty applied by the government. This government support is in recognition of LPG’s environmental benefits.
In the 2009 Budget, Chancellor Alistair Darling signalled increased support for the LPG autogas industry by extending the commitment on the level of fuel duty when compared to petrol from three years to five years.
During this period the fuel duty differential with petrol will reduce by a maximum of 1p per litre per year which means that the price of LPG at the pumps is expected to remain around half that of petrol.