The Effects of Propane on the Environment
Propane is not just a clean energy source—it is considered the cleanest conventional fuel, emitting far less greenhouse gas than most other energy sources.
For example, propane produces 43% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity.1 The reason? A molecule of propane (C3H8) contains more than 72% hydrogen atoms, and hydrogen combustion generates only water vapor with no CO, CO2, SO2, HC or PM emissions.
Today, propane is powering a cleaner world in many different applications: on the road with school buses and trucks; in homes through furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, cooktops and backup generators; in the field powering irrigation systems, organic weed and pest control and confinement space heating; at work keeping the supply chain moving with clean and powerful forklifts and delivery vehicles; and protecting the environment with propane mowers portable generators and grills and fire pits that replace the damaging air quality from wood-burning appliances..
Propane provides an immediate and effective way to make a positive impact on the environment. In addition to producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions, propane is a non-poisonous, non-toxic fuel that won’t contaminate soil or groundwater, making it safe to use anywhere.
Propane is American made. The United States and North America produce enough propane for homes and businesses with plenty to spare. This important domestic production contributes to America’s energy independence, and an abundant supply makes propane a dependable energy source all year long. And coming on-line fast is the production of bio-propane, identical to the original fuel but created from plant and vegetable waste material.
No single fuel will meet every energy challenge. Wind and solar are both promising, low-emissions renewable energy sources, but when it comes to heating water, powering a school bus and more, propane provides clean, dependable and powerful solutions. Propane is a low-emission, portable, safe and efficient fuel—both today and tomorrow.