Autogas gets reported
The document is called the Fuels Roadmap and it contains a number of tips and suggestions regarding limiting road transport's negative impact on the environment, particularly the level of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. The work's authors pointed out a remarkable role LPG and bio-LPG play in "freshening the breath” of the vehicles running on European roads. But before we continue with the details, let's decipher the mysterious name of the organisation behind the report – LowCVP stands for Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. They commissioned it, but the actual work of gathering data, processing it and drawing conclusions was done by Element Energy.
Now, what does the document actually state in terms of LPG? For instance, it points out that converting 10% of Great Britain's cars and vans with medium to large spark ignition engines would result in slashing annual CO2 emissions by 100 thousand tonnes, presuming that on average autogas reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 11% as compared to petrol (on a tank-to-wheel basis). Quite something, isn't it? And, just to remind you, that's with as few as one car in ten converted to run on LPG! From a British point of view, autogas has the added value of being domestically produced (from natural gas purification), so it improves the country's energy safety and ensures independence from foreign oil.
Meeting the UK’s carbon reduction targets calls for a transformation in the way in which we think about transport. However, it is important that we embrace the divergent technologies, fuels and powertrains available to ensure we are able to map out a complete journey towards decarbonisation.
Celine Cluzel, Element Energy consultant
Yet another advantage of the fuel is its wide availability across the UK – among all the alternatives to conventional oil-based fuels, autogas is the easiest one to get. There are approx. 1400 stations in Britain offering LPG to motorists and the number is bound to go nowhere but up since drivers' interest in autogas and the savings it offers (in both financial and environmental terms) is constantly on the rise. Should you want to study the LowCVP report in detail, you can find and dowload it online. To us, its primary highlight is the fact that LPG is taken seriously and appreciated for what it really is – an effective, affordable and widely, readily available energy resource we can use today and continue using for decades. Now let's just hope reality will be able to catch up with forecasts and everything will be alright.
As the most widely available, low carbon, alternative fuel available to motorists today, committing to LPG within the Fuels Roadmap is a positive recognition of the impact this technology can have on reducing harmful emissions. Indeed, millions of motorists in Europe already use LPG fuel in their vehicles.
Rob Shuttleworth, Chief Executive of UKLPG
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