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LPG appliances 'can help cut energy bills in rural Britain'

A report launched at the World LP Gas Conference in London yesterday has set out the case for LP Gas.

UKLPG, the trade association of the LP Gas industry, is urging the government to ensure liquefied petroleum gas (LP gas) plays a key role in plans to meet the nation’s carbon reduction targets in the future. 

Launching its report Targeting Carbon Reduction in off Grid Britain: the Case for LP Gas, UKLPG sets out the case for what the fuel can do to help cut carbon emissions, reduce fuel bills and deliver secure energy supplies in rural UK.

Using independent analysis undertaken by Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-EE), its report concludes that LP gas-fuelled appliances and hybrid appliances can play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions and energy bills for rural customers.

Delta-EE’s study, titled Opportunity for Low Carbon LP Gas in Rural Heating to 2030, considered four typical building types and reviewed existing and new heating technologies such as hybrid air source heat pumps, LP Gas absorption heat pump technology, fuel cell micro combined heat and power, engine micro combined heat and power, boiler plus solar thermal, boiler plus flue gas heat recovery, and boiler plus controls.

The study found that in old detached properties, LP Gas heat pumps deliver savings of 3.5 tonnes of CO2 per year. Rural hotels show a savings of 10 tonnes per year.

Delta-EE senior analyst Jennifer Arran said: “The report explores the role that LP Gas can play in a range of typical building types, looking at retrofitability, running cost savings as well as carbon reduction potential.

“The conclusions demonstrate the positive contribution that LP Gas, in combination with hybrid and low carbon gas appliances, can make to meeting the UK’s demanding carbon reduction targets.

Heating and Hot Water Industry Council director Roger Webb commented: “HHIC is actively tackling the challenges that the Zero Carbon goal has provided the industry in meeting the 2020 and 2050 targets.

“The industry believes it can deliver this scenario but only if the government plays a role in stimulating demand in a co-ordinated way and building confidence for industry and other players to invest.

“HHIC believes that delivering the target through a range of appliances keeps options open for further decarbonisation to 2050 and minimises impacts on customers and the energy system. The Delta-EE report commissioned by UKLPG highlights the pivotal role that LP Gas can play in meeting these targets.”

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