LPG Recognized in Madrid for its Qualities
On the 1 Dec, the Spanish Energy Club, with the collaboration of the Spanish Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Operators (AOGLP) celebrated the benefits of LPG vis-à-vis climate change in Madrid, Spain.
By Jose Luis Blanco, Managing Director, AOGLP On the 1 Dec, the Spanish Energy Club, with the collaboration of the Spanish Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Operators (AOGLP) celebrated the benefits of LPG vis-à-vis climate change in Madrid, Spain. Honorable figures from the energy sector were present and demonstrated their vision on LPG and climate change:
- Pedro Miras Salamanca, Petroleum Director of the National Commission of Energy, emphasized the improvement of energy efficiency and the multiple uses of LPG in the construction and the automotive industries.
- Ramon de Luis, Executive Director of World-wide GLP of Repsol, presented and demonstrated LPG’s ability to respond to the existing power challenges.
- Jose Luis Blanco, Managing Director of the Spanish LPG Association (AOGLP) discussed the World LP Gas Forum that will take place in Madrid from 28 September – 1 October 2010 that will turn Madrid into the World-wide Capital for LPG of 2010. This event will be the most unique LPG event ever, combining the World LP Gas Forum, the European LPG Congress and the Latin American event in one place.
- Alain de Greve, Secretary General, European LPG Association (AEGPL) discussed the European Autogas Roadmap published by the AEGLP this year. According to the publication, the LPG industry predicts that the consumption of LPG in Europe will double by 2030 – 32 million tonnes per year.
- Later, a round table with representatives of LPG operators in Spain took place that discussed the fact that in spite of great LPG opportunities to mitigate the effects of climate change in Spain, there still remains a system of maximum prices for packaging (and canalized) that prevents the industry from securing suitable returns, making it difficult to start up investments in new developments.
At present, European consumption of LPG reduces the dependency on other energies. The proven gas reserves are equivalent to about 60 years of present rate production and the security in the provision is guaranteed by the diversity of suppliers and the origins of LPG. There are different routes and entry points and a chain of flexible distribution, as well as great variety of storage options. The brief conclusions of the report are:
- LPG is a dynamic and competitive sector that employs 150,000 directly
- LPG is a clean fuel in terms of combustion emissions
- It generates 15% less CO2 than the heating oil
- It generates 36% less than coal
- In addition, it reduces air pollution and improves local air quality because it generates 95% less particles and 60% less than Nox than wood, 96% less Nox than gasoil and 68% less Nox than gasoline.
- With growth anticipated in the Autogas sector and the corresponding decrease of CO2 emissions, a cost saving of € 20,300 million will be reached and a saving of €41,000 million for the end user.