In the wake of the Paris Agreement on climate change coming into force, demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) looks set to increase further, as commercial businesses seek a reliable and trusted fuel source that offers significantly lower carbon emissions than rival fossil fuels.
The Paris Agreement commits world leaders to keep global warming below 2°C, which is seen as the threshold for safety by scientists. The act sends out the clearest signal yet to industry that action needs to be taken to cut emissions and implement sustainable energy strategies.
Last year alone, businesses from across the UK slashed their annual CO2 emissions by 1,236 tonnes by switching from oil to LPG, according to Calor’s latest sustainability review.
Gregor Dalgleish, Commercial Sales Manager at Calor, said: “The Paris Agreement is an important step towards securing a more sustainable future, marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises. We are having conversations with many off-grid businesses that are considering switching from oil or coal to a more environmentally friendly fuel, such as LPG.
“Some companies are considering renewable systems too, with the latest government statistics showing the UK’s installed capacity for renewables has grown by almost 14 percent over the last year alone. However, while technologies such as solar, biomass and ground source heat pumps can help businesses to reduce carbon emissions, many are reluctant to depend solely on these systems.
“In order to make sure businesses have access to heating and hot water no matter what, it makes sense to partner these renewable technologies with a more reliable and proven technology, like LPG. The fact that LPG is the lowest off-mains carbon-emitting fossil fuel available on the market, emitting 20 percent less CO2 per kWh than oil, means it is also ideally positioned to be this partner.
“With 350,000 commercial premises already reaping the benefits of LPG, it seems clear the fuel will play a vital role in helping to meet the commitment set out in the Paris Agreement.”