The industry was looking to switch to 100% bioLPG by 2040 and Liquid UK chief executive George Webb believes LPG could be an alternative for farmers looking to reduce their carbon footprint
Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) could provide a solution for agricultural businesses looking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels as the industry looks to move to 100 per cent bioLPG by 2040.
And the industry was looking to agriculture to provide its growth with applications across the sector from horticulture to heating chicken sheds to diversification projects such as holiday cottages.
£600 million was expected to be invested in the industry over next five years with growth expected in the next year despite the uncertainties of Covid-19 and Brexit, according to a survey by Liquid Gas UK, the trade association for the sector.
And Liquid Gas UK chief executive George Webb believed the industry could help with the Government’s Net Zero target.
“Everybody is going to have to fit in with the decarbonisation agenda,” Mr Webb said.
“There are less carbon emissions from LPG than oil or coal.”
He said LPG produces 33 per cent fewer carbon emissions than coal and 15-20 per cent fewer carbon emissions than oil.
He added with the industry looking to move to the bioLPG, farmers replacing machinery and crop growing infrastructure could convert to LPG in preparation. BioLPG is made from 100 per cent renewable sources and emits up to 90 per cent fewer emissions than LPG.
“We have said we want to be 100 per cent bio by 2040,” he said.
“It is the only infrastructure you can put in now and you will not have to update. That is not the case for other structures.”
He added it was comparable financially to other heating sources, although bioLPG was ‘slightly more expensive’.
“We are a transition fuel for today and also here for a bioLPG future,” he said, adding as farmers were generally off grid LPG was the cleanest option to install.