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Automotive LPG offers immediate solution to emissions scandal

Automotive LPG offers immediate solution to emissions scandal, says Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of LP Gas trade association UKLPG “With vehicle emissions making headline news worldwide, UKLPG is calling on policy makers and manufacturers to take note of the potential benefits of automotive Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Automotive LPG presents an immediate and viable solution to the car industry, which is looking to secure NOx emissions reductions on the UK’s roads.


"A long-established fuel with a UK-wide infrastructure already in place, automotive LPG is a versatile, plentiful and naturally clean energy source. As such, at a time when air quality is high on the global agenda, automotive LPG deserves wider recognition for these credentials.

"Recent research carried out by Atlantic Consulting, which compared tailpipe emissions of vehicles powered by automotive LPG, petrol and diesel, found, not surprisingly, that diesel cars emit on average five times more NOx than automotive LPG. In addition, the Low CVP Infrastructure Road Map has identified that the delivery of 40,000 automotive LPG conversions each year until 2030 could be a significant contributor to the UK's carbon targets. Current demand levels for the fuel could quadruple, while petrol and diesel requirements could decrease by 50 to 80% between now and 2050.

"Taking all of this into account, we urge the automotive industry to give consumers the opportunity to benefit from this proven solution by seizing the immediate opportunity to reduce NOx emissions and reintroduce automotive LPG powered vehicles to UK vehicle production lines."