Does LPG cause pollution? Taking into account LPG is a clean-burning, sustainable and efficient fuel source of energy, this question could be considered to be a tricky one. However, Liquified Petroleum Gas contains a mixture of Propane and Butane – both derived from distillation of crude oil. In terms of the by-products of their combustion, the only gas that is released is CO2. So, yes, LPG as fuel will generate Carbon Dioxide – a pollutant.
However, if we have a look at the alternatives, we will quickly realise how LPG is such a well-behaved fuel.
With its tiny carbon footprint and high efficiency, LPG can play a major role in fighting climate change. Burning most fuels used in the world today, from coal to wood, oil, gasoline and natural gas, produces various kinds of carbon that contribute to global warming as Greenhouse gas (GHG). LPG has a lower carbon content than gasoline, diesel, kerosene and ethanol
Although natural gas (consisting primarily of methane) generates fewer CO2 emissions per BTU than propane when burned, methane is a direct greenhouse gas when released into the air. One kilogram of methane released into the atmosphere produces the same effect on climate change as 25 kilograms of carbon dioxide. LPG, on the other hand, is not a greenhouse gas when released. The difference is in how quickly propane, compared to natural gas, can be removed from the air by natural oxidation or precipitation – propane is removed from the atmosphere faster than it takes for it to have an impact on the climate.
It is known that LPG emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions, kilowatt for kilowatt, than coal-fired power plants, but there are many other applications in which propane outperforms other energy sources.
LPG have a variety of applications and is employed across many different markets. As it is a clean-burning, sustainable and efficient fuel source of energy it is use for cooking, in the agricultural, recreation, hospitality, construction, sailing and fishing sectors, among others. Therefore, the LPG industry plays an important role in economic and social development on the society.
So, does LPG causes pollution? yes, but still so far it is one of the clean-burning, sustainable and efficient fuel source of energy at the moment.