Scientists have proven that global warming is not a myth; surface temperatures have risen by 0.6 °C in the last century alone. An additional 1.4-5.8 °C projected by 2100, which will have a significant impact on our planet’s sea level. Countries around the world are combating such changes and the Kyoto Protocol is just one example. Never before have carbon dioxide emissions and climate change been so closely interconnected.
Switching to LPG can be an immediate step for the good of the environment. The time needed to test new technologies is too long to lay this burden on the environment. Already today, LPG boasts physical properties that significantly impact CO2 emissions:
• Compared to other hydrocarbons, LPG has a low carbon-hydrogen ratio, meaning lower carbon dioxide emissions per unit of heat.
• LPG has a high calorific value, an indicator of the energy contained per kg.
• LPG is not a greenhouse gas for which the UN has set a global warming potential factor: methane 25, CO2 1 and LPG 0.
The difference in world market prices also favours LPG. The prices are subject to the same trends but the gap between LPG and petroleum products allows consumers to save money and help conserve the environment.
The Republic of Estonia’s excise policy, which proceeds from EU directives, also lends support to cleaner fuels, imposing significantly lower tax rates on them.
Calculations based on the price of a MWh also indicate good profitability. The fact that LPG equipment is highly efficient should also be considered – almost 100 per cent of the energy can be harnessed.