Outdoor Air Quality
Industries, households, cars and trucks emit complex mixtures of air pollutants, many of which are harmful to health. Of all of these pollutants, fine particulate matter has the greatest effect on human health. Most fine particulate matter comes from fuel combustion, both from mobile sources such as vehicles and from stationary sources such as power plants, industry, households or biomass burning.
In 2016, 91% of the world population was living in places where the WHO air quality guidelines levels were not met.
Ambient (outdoor air pollution) in both cities and rural areas was estimated to cause 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2016.
Some 91% of those premature deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries.
cities worldwide are reporting air pollution levels.
Autogas-fuelled cars generates 96% less NOx than diesel and 68% less than petrol.
Autogas emits 120 times less small particle emissions than diesel vehicles.
Fine particulate matter is associated with a broad spectrum of acute and chronic illness
29% of all deaths and disease from lung cancer
17% of all deaths and disease from acute lower respiratory infection
24% of all deaths from stroke
25% of all deaths and disease from ischaemic heart disease
43% of all deaths and disease from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
LPG is a proven solution to one of the most pressing problems, facing and ever more urbanised world: air pollution. Whether in the streets of Shanghai, Lagos, London or Bogota, deteriorating air quality has a serious and global impact on our health. LPG offers a clean alternative to the combustion of polluting solid and liquid fuels.
Traditional transport fuels: diesel and gasoline, are identified as a primary source of air pollution and ill-health, including the incidence of respiratory diseases and cancers. In China, 70% of all air pollution is linked to transport emissions. Autogas is the most used alternative fuel and has a proven track record in reducing pollution levels.
Residential Cooking &
Measurements of total pollutant emissions produced by burning wood and coal show that these fuels produce around 150 times more carbon monoxide (CO) than LPG, per gigajoule of energy produced. Liquid fuels, such as kerosene, produce levels around 50% higher. LPG is also widely used in residential space heating an offers a clean burning alterative to heating oil.
The most used fuel for power generation is still coal which potentially has an impact on air quality. For decentralised power generation, unless they are fitted with sophisticated emission control technologies, generator sets can produce very high levels of high particle (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions, with high health impacts.
LPG is increasingly used for large scale power plants where natural gas-powered plants are not cost effective and gaining ground as fuel for smaller scale power generation.
Many industries still replay on fuel oil, heavy fuel oil or coal for heat or steam generation. Switching to LPG can have an immediate impact on reducing pollution levels. Anywhere were reliable, controllable heat is needed, LPG can be a perfect fit, even in remote areas.
Autogas (LPG as a vehicle fuel) is the most accessible alternative vehicle fuel. Driving an LPG vehicle is safe, easy and, in many countries, considerably cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel model. LPG also emits less CO2 and far less other emissions such as NOx.