Green LPG can significantly reduce car CO2 emissions
Green LPG (Liquid Petrol Gas) may become an instrument to reduce the rising CO2 emissions of the Dutch vehicle fleet now that motorists are less willing to buy diesel cars after the dieselgate scandal.
CO2 emissions are rising
The Dutch car fleet is gradually emitting more and more CO2. This is because car buyers have been buying fewer diesel models since the diesel scandal.
As a result, emissions from Dutch cars rose by almost three percent in 2017 compared to 2016, the fastest growth in the whole of Europe.
“Regular LPG emits ten to fifteen percent fewer CO2 emissions than a petrol engine, but with a car on bio LPG the gain compared to petrol is at least seventy percent”, says Berry den Ridder, spokesman for the Dutch LPG Platform.
Filling network exists
“By 2030, there may be two million electric cars in the Netherlands, but then there are still seven million vehicles on an internal combustion engine. They can be much cleaner when converted to (green) LPG”, den Ridder continues. Bio LPG is released during the production of biodiesel.
“In addition to factories in Italy and France, there is a large production site in Rotterdam. Yet cars can drive around within a year on a mixture with green LPG”, the LPG Platform ensures. “There is a facility in Tiel where we can mix bio LPG with regular LPG.” Furthermore, the Netherlands have a vast network of 1.300 LPG filling stations.
Because of the climate benefits of green LPG, the lobby club is asking the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment for a support fund. With that money, it would become cheaper to convert existing petrol cars to LPG.
The installation costs about 1.800 euro and it is also financially more advantageous for motorists who drive at least 12.000 km per year thanks to the lower price at the filling station.