California’s propane industry is committed to providing clean fuel and serving the State’s clean energy economy. Renewable propane groups in the United States and Europe have developed ways to produce propane from renewable sources such as biomass, animal fat and vegetable oil. Renewable propane is being produced in the U.S., contributing to environmental goals as well as energy independence. When looking at the total life cycle emissions, the carbon intensity for renewable propane can be as low as 19 g CO2/MJ versus a carbon intensity of 40 g CO2/MJ for California’s electricity.
Overseas, units that can produce 20 million gallons of propane a year from renewable sources are being tested.
The propane produced in this process has all of the benefits of traditional propane: It’s clean, affordable and reliable. It also leaves an ultra-low carbon footprint comparable to electricity.
Advanced technologies are available with ultra low-NOx engines . These advancements deliver major environmental and public health gains to California, particularly for transportation and stationary engines used in agriculture.
For builders, renewable propane addresses the need for the state to generate our energy from renewable sources. For commercial applications, renewable propane provides substantial potential reductions in criteria pollutants and diesel particulate matter.
Source: National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) & Western Propane Gas Association