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.
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.
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.
“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 owners 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 per cent 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.