BioLPG – is it a sustainable solution for the UK’s freight industry
There is increasing pressure on the freight industry in the UK to recognise the key role the sector can play in reducing air pollution. With approximately 120,000 HGVs on UK roads this market is responsible for around 27 per cent of roadside NOx, therefore changes to the industry could have a significant impact on carbon emissions. The wider use of gas-based fuels is one of the few viable options available.
Calor is set to become the first energy company to supply BioLPG. This is LPG created from wastes, residues and renewable vegetable oils. LPG is already a low-carbon fuel compared to other fossil fuels, but BioLPG will reduce carbon emissions even further, allowing energy-conscious consumers to reduce their carbon footprint.
BioLPG is Calor’s first renewable fuel offering and is just the start of the company’s overall objective to help significantly reduce the UK’s carbon footprint. Calor is incredibly enthusiastic and has voiced its ambition that by 2040 all of its energy products will be from renewable sources.
The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive is driving businesses to switch to sustainable energy sources. It requires the EU to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs by the use of renewables by 2020. All EU countries must also ensure that at least 10% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. BioLPG meets all the criteria set out in the Directive, leading the LPG market towards a greener and more sustainable future.
Based on a 100 per cent BioLPG substitution, a switch offers HGV fleets CO2 savings of between 50 and 80 per cent compared with conventional LPG. BioLPG is chemically identical to conventional LPG, but it is created from a range of feed stocks, waste and residues and sustainably-sourced vegetable oil as well as waste fat from the fish and meat industries. From a usage perspective BioLPG is classed as a drop-in fuel; which can be used with your existing infrastructure without modification, just as you would with conventional LPG.