LPG and the environment
Oryx Energies has been promoting LPG as a cleaner, healthier and more ecological energy alternative in sub-Saharan Africa for over 15 years.
Air pollution in sub-Saharan Africa is largely caused by the burning of fossil fuels and biomass, and deforestation is to a large extent due to the intensive use of charcoal and firewood for household energy needs.
The combustion of LPG, as a low-carbon fossil fuel, has almost no harmful effects on the environment or on human health. LPG thus offers the benefit of a better option for the environment than many other energy solutions.
Here are a few comparisons:
Comparative greenhouse gas emission levels:
|Mains gas||LPG||Oil||Solid Fuel||Peak electricity|
|Appliance choice||Very wide||Moderate||Moderate||Limited||Wide|
|Supply convenience||Mains gas: Excellent||LPG: Good||Oil: Good||Solid Fuel: Moderate||Peak electricity: Excellent|
|On-site storage||Mains gas: None||LPG: Yes||Oil: Yes||Solid Fuel: Yes||Peak electricity: None||Smell||Mains gas: Limited||LPG: Limited||Oil: Some||Solid Fuel: Some||Peak electricity: None||Noise||Mains gas: Little||LPG: Little||Oil: Some||Solid Fuel: Little||Peak electricity: None|
|Appliance choice||Mains gas: Very wide||LPG: Moderate||Oil: Moderate||Solid Fuel: Limited||Peak electricity: Wide|
|Control||Mains gas: Fully||LPG: Fully||Oil: Fully||Solid Fuel: Some||Peak electricity: Fully|
|Maintenance charge||Mains gas: Yes||LPG: Yes||Oil: Yes||Solid Fuel: Yes||Peak electricity: None|
Source: UK Heating and Hotwater Information Council
The use of LPG compared to coal or firewood also significantly reduces the health and safety risks at home.
Learn more about LPG and the environment at www.wlpga.org