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Global awareness campaign speaks to the benefits of low-emission auto propane

OTTAWA, December 7, 2021 – For the third consecutive year, the global propane industry is coming together for Auto Propane Day on Thursday, December 9, 2021, to promote the important benefits of low-emission auto propane (also known as autogas), a critical automotive energy source that will enable countries around the world to reduce emissions quickly and affordably.

Transportation is one of the largest sources of air pollution in Canada, generating over 25 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the country. With mobility on the rise again (including a significant increase in home deliveries), it is more important than ever to discuss how available, cost-effective, and cleaner energy options like auto propane can make a difference today.

Auto Propane Day celebrates the significant steps countries worldwide have taken to reduce their emissions by switching to auto propane. The conversation for this important day centers around facts and case studies that demonstrate the essential role auto propane is playing now in the global green energy transition and the continued role it will play in a low carbon future.

For example, propane school buses reduce NOx by 96 per cent and CO2 by 13 per cent compared with diesel buses and provide greater comfort to students because they are less noisy, smell better and warm up faster in cold weather. They are also, on average, almost half the cost of electric school buses, meaning school districts can afford to replace more of their fleet and achieve carbon reduction goals faster.

Propane is an excellent choice for medium-duty transportation vehicles like airport shuttles and municipal regional transit vehicles, and return-to-base fleets including taxis, couriers and police vehicles. For this type of vehicle, propane has the lowest cost of ownership due to low fuel and maintenance costs. Additionally, there is a 97 per cent reduction in NOx and a 10 per cent reduction in CO2 compared with diesel-powered medium-duty vehicles.

Auto Propane (Autogas) Day is part of the global LPG Week, hosted by the World LPG Association, which takes place December 5-9, 2021, in Dubai, under the theme Energising Tomorrow.

For more information on auto propane, including environmental, safety and economic benefits, testimonials and studies, visit the CPA website

 

About the Canadian Propane Association:

With over 400 members, the Canadian Propane Association (CPA) is the national association for a growing, multi-billion-dollar industry that impacts the livelihood of tens of thousands of Canadians. Our mission is to promote a safe and thriving propane industry that plays a vital role in Canada’s energy sector. To achieve this, we champion propane and the propane industry in Canada and facilitate best practices, safety, and a favourable business environment through advocacy, training, and emergency response.

For more information, contact Tammy Hirsch, Sr. Director, Communications and Marketing at media@propane.ca  or phone 587-349-5876.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Auto propane leaders in Canada

Many Canadian organizations have already chosen to switch to auto propane to lead the way towards a zero-emission future. They are cleaner, quieter and they are made for Canadian winters, starting in    -50 below weather. Add to that the economic advantages such as fuel savings and lower maintenance costs, low-emission propane checks all the boxes.

  • Southland School District in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has invested in a fleet of 144 propane school buses, reducing 22 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent combined per year compared to diesel-fuelled buses. This is the largest propane fleet in Atlantic Canada. The buses are supplied by Southland Transportation, who has been using propane as an alternative fuel to diesel since the 1980s to reduce their environmental footprint.
  • The Brandon School Division in Manitoba saved $95 thousand in two years and reduced GHG emissions by 1 million lbs after switching their 24 school buses from diesel to clean propane.
  • London Police Ontario converted their V8 Dodge Chargers toauto propane. With over 100 patrol vehicles comprising their fleet, they save about half a million in fuel costs annually.
  • The Government of New Brunswick created a pilot project in 2019 to “take a huge step forward environmentally”: a school bus fleet powered by auto propane to reduce their carbon emissions by two tons per bus.
  • Red Car Service in Guelph, Ontario, which has been operating for 55 years and makes around 40 to 50 round trips to the airport daily, expanded their propane fleet to limousines several years ago.