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There are 38.4 million licensed vehicles in Great Britain. Because of this, there is a huge percentage of climate change contributions attributed to the transport industry. The net zero target within the UK means there is much pressure on the reduction of harmful road-based emissions. The government has made steps towards reducing the carbon footprint of the nation and clean up their pollution issue.

The climate is not the only casualty of vehicle emissions — the public’s health is also risked by the emissions. 92% of the world’s population is located in areas where the WHO’s (World Health Organisation) air quality limits have been exceeded. Our daily lives are affecting these emission levels and the huge footprint of the nation. Therefore, it’s imperative that we understand the new developments and fuel alternatives that are helping create a greener and healthier future for the way we drive. Here, LPG supplier Flogas explore the main ways that car energy is changing.

Zero the Hero

Fuel consumption is set to change dramatically within the next 20 years. LPG Autogas and electric vehicles are just a few solutions to the current high emissions. This is mainly due to the government’s Road to Zero Strategy, which aims to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The Strategy also plans to increase the supply and sustainability of low carbon fuels, as a way to reduce emissions from the existing vehicles already on our roads.

Locally based policies are having a large effect upon the global emissions, and this is especially evidenced in some of the world’s most polluted cities. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, introduced the capital’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) on 08 April 2019, which stipulates that vehicles driving within the zone must meet new, tighter emissions standards or pay a daily charge.  The aim is to improve air quality and lower emissions from conventional petrol and diesel-run vehicles in central London, with emissions set to fall by as much as 45% by 2020.

Petrol and Diesel get a lot of bad reputation for emission levels and demands for a change to cleaner fuels are larger than ever. But realistically, how do these alternatives compare?

What? Your ELECTRIC VEHICLE is Evolving!

The electric vehicle concept has been around for a long time thanks to its the benefit of a cleaner output. However, it was thought of as more of an ideal to aspire to rather than a serious catalyst in the fight against climate change. This has all changed in the last decade, with the development of advanced electric vehicle technology that has given electric cars mainstream credibility and appeal.

Gen Z drivers have been critical in the surge in popularity of electric vehicles. Research suggests that people aged 18-24 are the most likely to own an electric vehicle, with the main reason being the climate crisis.

Surprisingly the infrastructure for supporting this technology is not suitable to accommodate such a demand given that the growth in popularity is exceeding the infrastructure investment. With a chronic shortage of public charging points, one of the biggest impediments to many buying an electric car is the fear of running out of power and the risk of not being able to recharge on the go. There is a north south divide between the electric infrastructure, with London having a sufficient amount of charging points compare to the north. Similar to off grid gas solutions though, this shouldn’t be a problem.  You can install an electric charging point to your house so that when driving around your local area this shouldn’t be an issue, but longer trips could be a challenge.

LPG – The Transition Fuel

Electric vehicles haven’t really become standard across the market and there is still that element of surprise whenever you spot an electric vehicle. With plenty of time before 2040, the first step might have to be converting users first to a different fuel alternative if electric doubts still remain. Autogas, also known as LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), is the most accessible alternative fuel on the market – with over 170,000 Autogas vehicles currently on the road across the UK, serviced by more than 1,400 refuelling stations.

Cutting emissions is not the only benefit of Autogas as the fuel actually reduces fuel expenditure a more attractive option in the short term to many drivers than the switch to all electric. Extensive existing infrastructure, plentiful supply and serious cost- and carbon-cutting potential mean LPG is positioned as the ideal interim fuel in the move away from petrol and diesel, and towards Net Zero.

LNG Transport

LPG although key in the switchover from diesel and petrol is not the only solution around. As the cleanest burning fossil fuel available, LNG (liquefied natural gas) has quickly become the world’s fastest growing gas supply source.  As well as being highly efficient, it emits significantly fewer pollutants and offers CO2 savings of 20% compared to diesel, making it ideal for businesses who own large truck fleets and need to adhere to stringent air pollution controls. Bio-LNG takes this one step further, offering CO2 savings of over 80%.  Also known as liquefied biomethane, Bio-LNG is a renewable fuel that’s created during the break down of organic matter, meaning it can be produced anywhere anaerobic digestion occurs (AD).

Visit: www.flogas.co.uk for more information on how you can contribute to the cleaner future as well as hearing more about LPG, LNG, and Bio LNG.

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