So why is it important to be thinking about the environment? Why are so many people concerned about global warming and the effects to the world? Unlike some fuels (oil and coal mainly), LPG gas releases less C02 per unit thus being a friendlier option for the environment. You can read information about Global Warming on the NRDC website and read research and facts about Natural Gas and Coal.
Advantages of LPG Gas for the Environment
Unlike most refined fuels and petroleum products, propane is clean and environmentally friendly in its inert state. It is non toxic and when it is spilled in large quantities the only environmental damage it can cause is freezing to plants etc. Unlike some other flammable gases derived from natural gas, butane only produces carbon dioxide as a by product when burned.
"LPG does, however, release less CO2 per unit of energy than that of coal or oil. It emits 81% of the CO2 per kWh produced by oil, 70% of that of coal, and less than 50% of that emitted by coal-generated electricity distributed via the grid. Being a mix of propane and butane, LPG emits less carbon per joule than butane but more carbon per joule than propane." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquefied_petroleum_gas#Environmental_effects
Problems with LPG Gas for the Environment
There are no long term negative effects, unlike an oil spillage. As a vehicle fuel it produces low exhaust emissions and is extremely eco-friendly.
It is unfortunately Less readily available than petrol & diesel (there are sill over 1400 stockists in the UK) and provides reduces miles for the equivalent of petrol or diesel tanks.
LPG Autogas for Vehicles
LPG for cars is becoming more popular as the years go on. There are probably many factors for this, one of them being the large increase in petrol and diesel. Other reasons could stem down to people becoming more aware of the impact petrol and diesel on the environment and also the reduced costs of converting vehicles to LPG due to better research and competition.
It's Cleaner, Greener and Cheaper. LPG Autogas is by far the most widely available environmentally friendly alternative fuel with over 1400 refuelling sites throughout the UK, most of which are on petrol forecourts. Recent independent tests have also shown that LPG has the best environmental record compared with petrol and diesel.
You Can easily find LPG Autogas stockists here on our website, and but find Autogas installers via the www.drivelpg.co.uk website. DriveLPG also provide a very good autogas savings calculator which is very useful to look at if you are considering covering to LPG.
Is butane or propane better for the environment?
Although propane produces more heat than butane and is more efficient in combustion, butane has a characteristic that makes it a favourite: it liquefies easily, and therefore, makes containment easy.
Other LPG uses that provides an alternative to other fuels
Butane is used as a refrigerant and is used to replace freon as a refrigerant in freezers and refrigerators. Using butane as a refrigerant is more environment friendly compared to using halomethanes that are known to damage the earth’s ozone layer.
LPG is also used in hot air balloons. Hot air balloons have been providing leisure for years and it the worlds oldest method of air transport.
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