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Renewable Propane: What Is It

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Many people are familiar with renewable energy. Renewable energy is energy collected from infinite sources that naturally replenish themselves. As sustainability becomes more of a focus, renewable propane is on the horizon.

What is it? 

Renewable propane is produced by converting natural sources into fuel. These sources include biomass, vegetable oils, and animal fats. Similarly, this new propane has the same clean, affordable, and reliable qualities as conventional propane. While it is similar in use, it has the benefits of lower greenhouse gas emissions.

How to use it?

This new propane is helping contribute to environmental goals and energy independence through its clean use and low carbon footprint. Firstly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standards and the California Air Resource’s Board’s (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard consider renewable propane as a way to reduce greenhouse gases. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a set of programs in California that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decrease the carbon intensity of California’s transportation fuel pool. Secondly, renewable propane is carbon neutral at the point of combustion. This means that no new carbon added to the atmosphere when burned. This new propane leaves an ultra-low carbon footprint.
It has a carbon intensity, or amount of carbon content in a burning fuel, as low as 19 compared to electricity at 40.

What the future holds?

Everyday applications are currently not utilizing renewable propane. However, it has the potential to improve business’ sustainability in the future. Renewable propane is nearly identical at the molecular level to conventional propane. Because of this, it can be used in all existing propane applications without costly conversions. This will continue to provide businesses and homes with the same reliable performance they depend on. In addition, using this new fuel in building, commercial, and residential applications can address the importance of generating clean energy while reducing pollutants.

In conclusion, we will see more of renewable propane in the next few years. Experts are discovering new cellulosic sources. As they come up, experts are expecting renewable propane to meet entire worldwide demand by the year 2040.

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Sources:

Use California Propane

Propane Education & Research Council

Roush Clean Tech

To learn more about propane’s effect on the environment, visit our blog post How Propane Fits Into the Green Equation- A Look At Propane’s Environmental Impact

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