Biopropane to replace LPG will slash CO2

Carbon emissions from the residential LPG sector could be cut by 83% by 2025 if it switched to biopropane, according to a report from the trade association the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA). Isaac Occhipinti, head of external affairs, explains, ‘There are currently 171 000 homes in the UK using LPG for heating. If this were replaced by biopropane, carbon emissions would be slashed.’

He elaborates, ‘A further benefit of biopropane is that it directly replaces LPG. There would be no upfront cost involved, unlike installing other renewable heating systems. We will be asking the Government to consider including biopropane in the Renewable Heat Incentive to incentivise take-up. Our analysis shows that if given an incentive to make the change cost neutral to the consumer, biopropane could save taxpayers approximately 40% on the current cost of delivering the RHI.’

Biopropane is derived from processes that use a variety of biological materials as a feedstock — including organic plant material, vegetable oil and animal fats. Growing the feedstock used in its production removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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