LPG: An immediate local contribution to the global challenge of climate change
28 October 2021
The global community will come together in Glasgow next month for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP26 negotiations. These crucial meetings will provide a critical opportunity to collectively address the challenges of climate change. The LPG industry stands ready to do its part.
To this purpose, the global LPG industry, including Australia's, is committed to ensure the off-grid communities, businesses, industries and transportation solutions they support with an affordable clean, low carbon gas fuel, are not left behind in the implementation of the original Paris Agreement.
Moreover, the LPG industry is determined that air quality and related health impacts of energy choices are accounted for in local energy and climate plans as well as in governments' economic recovery strategies to ensure that these are truly sustainable for both the planet and its people.
Today, LPG is an essential source of low carbon energy for billions of people across the world. Served by an agile and resilient supply chain, it is able to effectively contribute towards achieving low carbon targets while ensuring that no one is left behind in the global energy transition.
LPG fuels thousands of applications from road transport to industrial facilities. It is also a clean, efficient cooking solution for more than a billion people around the world, addressing climate change as well as improving quality of life. LPG has the opportunity to add greater value to the world, especially for over a billion people, principally populations in regions that still rely on unsustainable biomass and other dirty and dangerous fuels for cooking and heating.
The promise of renewable LPG, being developed as part of the global push to develop biogases such as biomethane and being distributed through an existing supply chain, offers a pathway to a zero-carbon economy. Renewable LPG when combined with innovative efficient technologies such as micro combined heat and power, fuel cells, hybrid heat pumps or when used to support hybrid renewable energy systems will result in near zero emissions making it an important element in achieving national net zero objectives.
Gas Energy Australia (GEA) members, which make up the bulk of the Australian downstream gas fuels industry, which includes Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as well as LPG, have been working with the World LPG Association (WLPGA) and its members across the global LPG industry to develop credible pathways to net zero emissions. GEA has established a Gas Vision Taskforce which is developing such pathways taking account of local conditions. Its goal is that gas fuels will be able to increase their contribution to achieving Australia's international commitments to reduce carbon emissions.
The WLPGA, GEA and other countries' LPG industries are committed to jointly address the global challenge of climate change by working in cooperation within the UNFCCC process on the objectives laid out in the Paris Agreement. Through collective action the sector can ensure that LPG and renewable LPG are recognised as a low carbon, available and accessible fuels which have a role to play in helping the global community ensure that the discussions during COP26 are fruitful and successful.gasenergyaustralia.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Screen-Shot-2021-10-28-at-11.02.22-am.png
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