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UKLPG Announces Support for Healthy Air Campaign

UKLPG, the trade association of the UK liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, has announced it is supporting the Healthy Air Campaign (HAC) mission to combat air pollution. HAC is a positive public awareness and advocacy campaign made up of a coalition of NGO partners with a stake in air quality and its impacts and is co-ordinated by ClientEarth, a group of activist lawyers working to protect the environment through advocacy, litigation and research.

Based on independent testing of nearly 9,000 cars from the EU that were manufactured recently and that have state-of-the-art pollution controls, those running on LPG produce 11% less CO2 in operation and about 15% less from ‘well to wheel’, i.e. over the entire fuel supply chain, than identical cars that run on petrol. The research also indicates that LPG cars produce less NOx than both petrol and diesel ones, in fact, when compared to diesel, five times less NOx is emitted. In addition, the testing also highlighted that LPG vehicles produce significantly lower particle emissions when compared to petrol and diesel as well.

As a supporter of the HAC, UKLPG pledges to raise public awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, encourage behaviour that helps cut air pollution and exposure to it and persuade all levels of government to take stronger action so that the UK complies fully with air quality law.

Chief Executive of UKLPG Rob Shuttleworth commented: “Only last week the EU launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to deal with nitrogen dioxide pollution, which impacts on the health of thousands of people every year."

“If more motorists and fleets converted their vehicles to run on LPG, it could have a significant impact on air quality in our urban areas. Pollution in our cities is reaching a critical level and the contribution that LPG can make to cutting harmful emissions should not be under-estimated."

“The potential for LPG to help cut urban pollution has been well documented worldwide and as demand for alternative fuels grows, it has considerable potential to make a positive contribution to the future health of UK cities,” adds Shuttleworth.

According to the UK Supreme Court air pollution limits are regularly exceeded in 16 zones across the UK. The areas affected are Greater London, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Teesside, the Potteries, Hull, Southampton, Glasgow, the East, the South East, the East Midlands, Merseyside, Yorkshire & Humberside, the West Midlands, and the North East. The Court also noted that air quality improvement plans estimate that for London, compliance with EU standards will only be achieved by 2025, fifteen years after the original deadline, and in 2020 for the other 15 zones.

EU legislation contains flexibility as regards the deadlines for returning air pollution to safe levels. Although the original deadline for meeting the limit values was 1 January 2010, extensions have been agreed with Member States which had a credible and workable plan for meeting air quality standards within five years of the original deadline, i.e. by January 2015. The UK has not presented any such plan for the zones in question and has two months to respond to the EU.