The LP Gas industry trade association, UKLPG, has welcomed the inclusion of LP Gas in a report by The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), a public-private sustainable transport organisation, which outlines a roadmap to decarbonise road transport fuel in the period to 2030 and beyond.
The Fuels Roadmap, launched by The LowCVP yesterday (18th June 2014), sets out a variety of transport options to deliver on the UK and Europe’s low carbon transport targets, highlighting a role for LPG and bio-LPG.
“We’re delighted that the authors of this report have recognised the significant role which LP Gas can play in the journey to manage and mitigate the environmental impact of our dependence on transport,” comments Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of UKLPG.
He continues: “Automotive LPG offers important environmental and financial benefits, with studies showing that it can make a positive impact in the battle to cut urban pollution. In addition, based on research by strategic energy consultancy Element Energy, a conversion of UK company vehicles to LPG could contribute to an overall reduction in fleet emissions.”
According to Element Energy’s research, converting 10% of medium to large spark ignition internal combustion engine (SI ICE) cars and vans to dual-fuel LPG would bring savings of 100 kt CO2. This is based on accepted tank-to-wheel (TTW) savings of approximately 11% for an LPG vehicle compared to SI ICE.
Celine Cluzel, principal consultant at Element Energy, authored UKLPG’s report into the emission saving potential of LPG in the UK fleet, as well as today’s LowCVP studies: ‘Options and recommendations to meet the RED transport target’; and ‘Road Transport Fuels Roadmap for the UK’.
Cluzel comments: “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.
“In the case of LPG, there are clear reasons for its inclusion in the Roadmap, not least its impact on reducing emissions and minimising energy spend. LPG is a national natural resource and, as such, provides significant opportunities to augment the wider low carbon transport picture.”
Shuttleworth concludes: “As the most widely available, low carbon, alternative fuel on the market offered 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.
“The infrastructure and fuel are in place in the UK, with more than 160,000 motorists having converted their vehicles to take advantage of a network of more than 1,400 refuelling points. This is helping to cut pollution in our inner cities and contributing towards the UK’s carbon reduction targets.
“Continued support by government and the UK automotive industry is vital to ensure that consumer and business confidence in converting to LPG is maintained. As such, we welcome this report from The LowCVP, which provides greater clarity into all of the options available to decarbonise road transport.”
For more information, please visit www.uklpg.org and www.lowcvp.org.uk.
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