What is LPG?

Emitting 35 per cent less CO2 than coal, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is the lowest carbon conventional fuel available to off-grid Britain and is increasingly becoming a viable and favourable choice for consumers and businesses without access to mains gas.

The benefits of LPG

As a clean, lower carbon energy source, LPG is automatically generated during the production of methane during the refining process. LPG exists in two forms – propane and butane – with both being more naturally suited to different uses.

Whether the motivation for change is a cleaner energy source, a more cost-effective solution, or simply to future-proof a property, there are many advantages of LPG. Advantages that make it both the ideal choice for rural, off-grid Britain, but also make it the fuel of the future.

  • LPG produces 90 per cent less carbon monoxide and 50 per cent less smog than mains natural gas
  • As it readily evaporates, LPG poses no environmental risks in the event of spillages
  • LPG is not odourless, making it easier to detect leaks
  • Unlike oil tanks that need replacing every 15-20 years, LPG tanks can be left on site for up to 30 years
  • LPG can be used across a variety of sectors – from home owners to hospitality, developers to those using it for transport fuel - and can be used across multiple applications such as for cooking, hot water, and heating a property

To read more about how LPG has helped rural business, please visit our case studies section.

LPG - The cleaner solution

With the new ErP directive enforcing maximum NOx emissions of 56 mg/kWh for natural gas and LPG boilers, and 120 mg/kWh for oil-fired boilers on both new-build and replacement projects, it makes good sense for customers off the grid to future proof their homes and businesses by installing cleaner gas systems as it will become more and more difficult for oil-fired systems to comply with the regulations.

The topic of energy efficiency is set to become even more important due to the focus on carbon in the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy. The strategy highlights the Government’s ambition to reduce the installation of high-carbon heating systems in new and existing off-grid homes and businesses during the 2020s, and to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 80% by 2050. The LPG industry can offer an immediate solution and, with installers on board, it can help customers gear up for the change in legislation and avoid being caught out in the long term by switching to a more efficient energy source, sooner rather than later.

With the ErP directive setting out legislation to reduce NOx emissions, LPG has excellent green credentials as it emits low levels of particle and NOx emissions, and low sulphur content. Emitting 35% less CO2 than coal, LPG is the lowest carbon conventional fuel available to rural Britain, and as oil boilers generate twice as much particulate matter emissions than LPG boilers, LPG is becoming widely recognised as the cleaner fuel of choice for customers off the mains gas grid.

The trade association for the LPG industry in the UK