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Propane is Green

Propane Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Growing concern about the potential effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has increased the focus on low-emission technologies and energy sources. Propane, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency as a clean alternative fuel, can help address these concerns because it performs better than many other fuels with respect to GHG emissions.

The study "Propane Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Comparative Analysis 2009" quantifies the GHG emissions of propane and identifies propane as one of the most attractive options for avoiding GHG emissions.

Supporting Facts

  • Propane's carbon footprint is lower than that of many other fuels.
  • Propane's relatively low GHG emissions make its share of GHG emissions smaller than its share of the energy supply.
  • At the point of use, propane has a lower carbon content than gasoline, diesel, heavy fuel oil, or ethanol.
  • Propane is not a direct greenhouse gas when released into the atmosphere.

Result Highlights: Propane Reduces GHG Emissions

Residential & Commercial

10-ton gas engine-driven heat pump: 13% lower GHG emissions than electric
Desiccant dehumidifiers: 66% lower GHG emissions than electric
Residential space heating: 64% lower GHG emissions than electric
Residential water heaters: 52% lower GHG emissions than electric
Distributed generation: 21% lower GHG emissions than diesel-fueled

 

On-Road Engines & Vehicles

GM 6.0L engine: 25% lower GHG emissions than gasoline-fueled
Ford F-150: 18% lower GHG emissions than gasoline-fueled
Ford F-250: 19% lower GHG emissions than gasoline-fueled
School buses: 17% lower GHG emissions than gasoline-fueled

 

Off-Road Engines & Vehicles

Forklifts: 19% lower GHG emissions than gasoline-fueled
Ground service equipment: 33% lower GHG emissions than gasoline-fueled
Commercial mowers: 48% lower GHG emissions than gasoline-fueled

 

Agriculture

Irrigation engines: 24% lower GHG emissions than gasoline-fueled
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