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UKLPG calls on new air quality minister to support increased LPG take-up

The UKs Liquefied Petroleum Gas trade association (UKLPG) is calling on the next air quality minister to support new research indicating that automotive LPG could play a significant role in the transport sector to 2050. The report, commissioned by UKLPG from Millbrook Proving Ground, Millbrook Evidence Report: The Future of LPG and its Use as an Automotive Fuel over the Next 35 Years (February 2015), called for greater recognition of the air quality benefits of automotive LPG.

Compared with diesel, LPG is lower on the pollutants that are harmful to human health, while in comparison with petrol and diesel, LPG cars are lower carbon. Widely available for use in vehicles in the UK since 2000, around 150,000 drivers benefit from driving on automotive LPG, available at more than 1,400 refuelling sites across the UK. Vehicles powered by automotive LPG are much less harmful to the environment, emitting significantly fewer harmful pollutants such as CO2, NOx and particulate matter than petrol or diesel models.

Millbrook’s Evidence Report highlighted the potential for automotive LPG to take an ongoing role within the UK’s current transport mix both as a mono and dual fuel. Automotive LPG is also a strong partner for future technologies, as the fuel possesses significant scope to work with fuel cells, plug-in hybrids and APU types, Millbrook’s research has found.

Following the Supreme Court’s pre-election ruling that the government must produce a new air quality plan by the end of 2015, the new minister will need to set out a number of policies to ensure the UK reaches compliance with EU nitrogen dioxide limits. UKLPG is urging the minister, who David Cameron is set to name this week, to adopt a series of measures to improve air quality in the UK and meet its EU targets.

“As an incredibly versatile, plentiful and clean fuel, automotive LPG deserves far greater recognition for its air quality, low-carbon and cost effective benefits which we urge the new minister to recognise,” said Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of UKLPG. “The research, backed by supporting evidence, clearly identifies the potential for a strong future for automotive LPG to 2050. We’re keen to work together with the automotive industry and policy makers to develop the future of low-carbon road transport in which automotive LPG plays a key role.”

Phillip Taylor, principal engineer, Powertrain Integration, Alternative Propulsion, Energy and CO2 at Millbrook Proving Ground, added: “Based on our comprehensive, independent review of the available evidence, it is clear that there is a role for automotive LPG through to 2050. The international emissions data is favourable to LPG, showing strong performance under well-to-wheel testing conditions.”

For more information click here to download a copy of the report.