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Propane has been a reliable low-carbon energy source for Canadians for over a century. Canadian-made propane is abundant, affordable, and extremely versatile – it goes places others can’t. And with renewable propane, it’s getting even better.
Renewable propane can be used alone or in blends with other renewable sources such as DME (dimethyl ether) or low-carbon energy – including conventional propane – to further reduce carbon emissions without sacrificing performance.
Renewable propane has the same great features as conventional propane — reliability, portability, power, and reduced carbon emissions — but with even lower carbon emissions when compared with other energy sources.
Unlike conventional propane, renewable propane can be made from a variety of renewable feedstocks. The most common form of renewable propane today is a byproduct of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel made primarily from plant and vegetable oils, animal fats, or used cooking oil.
Renewable propane’s carbon intensity — the carbon emitted for every unit of energy it produces — is lower than conventional propane because it is produced from bio-based or renewable sources.
It is currently being produced in the U.S. and Europe. The push for cleaner liquid fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel fuel will lead to a sharp increase in renewable propane production.
By 2050, renewable propane could meet half the world’s demand for propane, according to the World LP Gas Association.
A significant advantage of renewable propane is that it is a “drop in fuel” that can help reduce emissions while allowing consumers to continue enjoying the benefits of gas without having to purchase any new equipment. Renewable propane is compatible with all existing propane equipment, such as furnaces, water heaters, stoves, and grills, as well as vehicles that run on auto propane. This means that consumers can easily switch to renewable propane and enjoy the benefits of a low-carbon fuel without incurring any additional costs.
Renewable propane can make the transition to reduced emissions easier and much more cost effectively. Canada’s reliable, well-established system could continue to be used to transport low-carbon renewable propane while helping consumers reduce their emissions.
The carbon intensity of renewable propane depends on the feedstock, but it’s lower than many other energy sources. Renewable propane made with domestic, non-rendered, used cooking oil has a carbon intensity score of 21 (grams CO2 equivalent per megajoule), whereas conventional Canadian propane has a carbon intensity score of 72, lower than most other energy sources.
Renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) is a safe, clean-burning sustainable energy source that can support decarbonization. Dimethyl ether, known as DME, is already used extensively world-wide. It is a colourless gas chemically similar to propane and like propane, it is easy to handle and store in liquid form. The introduction of rDME helps support the pathway of renewable propane.
rDME is produced from renewable feedstocks, oils, and animal byproducts but also from materials in landfills, resulting in substantially reduced carbon emissions – up to 85% compared to diesel and heating oil.
rDME can be blended with propane or renewable propane and used in existing propane appliances, with minimal modification required to the existing infrastructure, making it an affordable, flexible energy solution.
rDME can help transition the propane industry to a more sustainable future quickly. rDME is already being produced in the U.S.