According to the Government’s latest Road to Zero Strategy, LPG will have an important role in helping the UK avert its air quality crisis and achieve a zero-emission transport future.
The DfT (Department for Transport) created Transport Energy Model in the last 18 months to set out a relative environmental performance of different fuels and technologies that will underpin future policies.
LPG Cars and Vans
In the UK, there have been about 40,000 deaths caused by air pollution.
By 2050, the Government’s goal is to remove almost every car and van that produces emissions by including measures such as introducing Clean Air Zone’s in a number of UK cities and town.
LPG has been recognised as a favourable environmental solution compared to petrol and diesel because LPG produces less NOx, CO2 and particulates.
A Few Words from the Road to Zero Report
The Road to Zero Strategy 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.”
The report also states that “retrofitting vehicles with pollution-reducing technology can offer a relatively low cost alternative to purchasing new low emissions vehicles”, which is giving drivers an option to switch to LPG.
“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.
Presently in the UK, there are already about 100,000 vehicles that are benefiting from lower emissions by using LPG.
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