The popularity of LPG in the UK is increasing as motorists look to help the environment and reduce their carbon emissions. Emma Bartle from Autogas, said: “As running costs become ever
more important, LPG can save on fuel bills with the added benefit of being much better for the environment. Many motorists have already realised the benefits but there are many more out there that are not aware.”
She said road pollution was a major concern for many people and councils across the country had implemented measures to try and reduce harmful emissions such as
traffic calming, car sharing, congestion charging schemes and in some cases, areas prohibiting all traffic.
However, Bartle said a far simpler way to reduce the pollution from road vehicles would be to switch to LPG: "Motorists can rest assured that going green is made easy with LPG,” she said. “It represents a realistic alternative to petrol and diesel, with more than 14.6
million vehicles worldwide making the most of its environmental and financial benefits.
"In the UK the popularity of LPG is increasing as motorists look to help the environment and reduce their carbon emissions. However, the environmental impact
from road vehicles is far deeper than just CO2 – vehicles running on LPG do produce far less carbon dioxide, but they also emit far fewer of the other harmful emissions such as oxides of nitrogen and microscopic particles, known as PM10s, which are found in diesel and petrol and have a damaging effect on the environment."
By choosing to run an LPG-powered vehicle, as well as helping the environment, Bartle said motorists can reap the benefits of using a cost-effective fuel by enjoying
spending on average 40% less on fuel. And in most cases, the cost of conversion can be recovered in less than two years.
In addition, motorists in and around London can also apply for exemption from the congestion charge and all LPG vehicle owners can anticipate increased
residual vehicle values. There are now more than 1,400 public access LPG refuelling sites with the majority of these on petrol forecourts.
Autogas Limited, a joint venture between
Calor and Shell, currently supplies around 220 outlets in the UK. The company claims vehicles running on LPG produce 17% less carbon dioxide than petrol
and 2% less than diesel, but also 120% less oxides of nitrogen than petrol and 2,000% less than diesel, and up to 120 times less small particle (PM10) emissions than diesel vehicles.