Propane Autogas Geared for the Future
I recently attended the World Propane Gas Association’s Innovation for Growth Summit in Washington, D.C. The meeting gathered industry leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas and discuss investment to drive innovation that will expand the use of this clean and versatile energy source.
Across the world, more than 27 million vehicles travel with propane autogas in their fuel tank. Yet, the impact of propane reaches everyone. In the United States, about 50 million households use propane for hot water, clothes dryers, back-up power generation and other energy needs. Businesses use propane forklifts and propane mowers. More than 1 million kids will ride on a propane school bus tomorrow morning. Worldwide, several billions of people depend on propane. In China, more than 50 percent of the country’s urban population cook with it daily. And, according to the WLPGA, the propane industry employs millions of people around the globe.
The impact of propane is wide-reaching. It was clear from my discussions at the summit that the propane industry is poised for the future and not resting on its successes over the past 100 years. Innovations in transportation fuels, such as renewable propane and DME / propane blends, will bring the carbon intensity value close to carbon neutral and ensure propane has a place in the new “low carbon” economy.
That’s been the motivation behind our company since its inception — to take harmful emissions to new lows in order to foster healthier communities. When fueled with renewable propane, our vehicles equipped with .02g NOx propane engines bring emission levels to near zero. And, we will continue to innovate and push the limits.
A continued focus on the decarbonization of our transportation system is a must, but we have to do it in a way that is fiscally responsible. Sustainable energy solutions, like renewable propane, provide the environmental and economic results while emerging tech, like battery electric and hydrogen, continue to mature. Give us a call today at 800.59.ROUSH. We would love to discuss how we can help transition your fleet closer to being carbon neutral.