October 31, 2008
In your coverage of the EU’s clean vehicle procurement legislation, you note that aim of the policy is “to kick-start a market in technologies that are currently not commercially viable, such as biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas or LPG, electric or hybrid vehicles”.
While appreciating the spirit of the sentiment, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that LPG is already a commercially viable automotive fuel and is indeed the most widely used alternative fuel in Europe, powering over 4.6 million vehicles across the EU.
It is this immediate availability and compatibility with existing fueling infrastructure, combined with its favourable performance in terms of emissions of CO2 and key pollutants such as Particulate Matter and NOx, that makes LPG the most viable option for immediately greening and diversifying Europe’s road transport fuel mix.
With the advent of progressive EU legislation such as the green procurement plan described in the article above, there is every reason to expect more and more LPG-powered vehicles on Europe’s roads in the coming years. Indeed, local authorities in cities around the EU including London, Milan and Berlin have already shown the way, exempting LPG-fuelled cars from congestion charges on the grounds that they are environmentally friendly.
Given the scale of the energy and environmental challenges the EU is facing, this broadening of the fuel portfolio and emergence of other, new technologies should be strongly encouraged and welcomed by political decision-makers and society in general.
EU Policy Advisor
AEGPL – European LPG Association