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LPG a key component of Government’s Road to Zero strategy

·         New report outlines Government’s support for LPG to help reduce transport emissions

·         Environmental performance superior to both petrol and diesel and similar to full petrol hybrids

·         LPG identified as being particularly attractive for vehicles operating in urban environments

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will play a key role in helping the UK avert its air quality crisis and achieve a zero-emission transport future according to the Government’s latest Road to Zero Strategy. Developed over 18 months, the DfT’s Transport Energy Model sets out the relative environmental performance of different fuels and technologies which will underpin future policies.

With 40,000 deaths in the UK annually attributed to air pollution, the Government is working towards a target where almost every car and van is zero emissions by 2050. The latest report outlines the roadmap to achieve this including measures such as the introduction of Clean Air Zones in a number of UK cities and towns.

The favourable environmental performance of LPG compared with petrol and diesel has been recognised for many years which has been reflected by lower levels of taxation making it more attractive to users. LPG vehicles emit less NOx, CO2 and particulates than both petrol and diesel models and the new report even uncovers LPG’s favourability over full petrol hybrids.

In the van sector (2.5 to 3.5 tonnes), an LPG van was estimated to be cleaner in terms of both CO2 and NOx than petrol, full petrol hybrid and even Euro 6 diesel alternatives. Meanwhile for cars, an LPG car was estimated to emit 19 percent less CO2 compared to petrol, making its performance similar to that of a full petrol hybrid car.

Given the strong environmental credentials of LPG, the report states that “LPG’s environmental performance relative to diesel makes it a good current alternative to diesel, particularly for vehicles being used in urban driving conditions”.

“We’re very pleased that after an incredibly thorough and extensive research process involving many important stakeholder groups, the Government has outlined its support for LPG in its quest for a zero-emissions transport future,” comments Holly Jago, general manager, Autogas Limited. “The new findings are similar to the results of our own tests conducted regularly over many years and emphasise what a pivotal role LPG can play in emissions reduction, especially in highly polluted, urban environments.”

While there are currently no opportunities for van or car buyers to buy an LPG model directly from vehicle manufacturers in the UK, the report does support the retrofitting of LPG systems, especially for vans and taxis. As well as outlining the potential for NOx reductions, the report states that “retrofitting vehicles with pollution-reducing technology can offer a relatively low cost alternative to purchasing new low emissions vehicles”, giving drivers another reason to switch to LPG.

The report also gives backing for the increased supply and sustainability of low carbon fuels through a legally-binding 15-year strategy to more than double their use to 7 percent by 2032. BioLPG, which is created from renewable and waste materials is already available today and is ideally suited to help reduce emissions from niche transport sectors that are difficult to electrify such as taxis and vans.

“This latest report is a strong sign of the Government’s support for LPG which we expect will be of great interest to OEMs, fleets and local authorities alike who are all looking at the most effective ways to reduce emissions. We are looking forward to having further discussions with these groups, helping them lower their environmental impact,” concludes Jago.

Currently, around 100,000 vehicles in the UK benefit from lower emissions by running on LPG. They are serviced by an established refuelling network or more than 1,300 LPG refuelling stations around the UK. To find out more about the benefits of LPG, visit www.autogaslimited.co.uk or www.uklpg.org.

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