As a clean-burning, low-emission fuel, propane can serve a number of
environmentally conscious fuel needs and enter into new markets that
require similar levels of performance.
PERC’s emissions research provides life-cycle analysis of emissions
of pollutants from propane-fueled systems. These studies respond to
consumer demand for environmentally friendly fuels and equipment by
quantifying propane emissions.
Carbon Management Information Center
Propane is a low-carbon alternative fuel that produces significantly
fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity and a number of other
fuels. To ensure that propane benefits are understood and data is
credible, the Gas Technology Institute formed the Carbon Management
Information Center. The center is developing an online clearinghouse of
propane-related research, conducting technology and market assessments
of energy efficiency and emissions data, and providing technical input
to voluntary and regulatory initiatives.
Forklift Emissions Data Literature Review
In response to conflicting reports on emissions in the industrial truck
industry, researchers conducted a comprehensive literature review of
forklift emissions studies and a critique of the scientific merits of a
variety of gaseous fuels, including propane. The results of this review
were distributed to forklift trade magazines, with the purpose of better
informing the forklift industry.
Fuel System and Composition Effects on Emissions Study
The Environmental Protection Agency enacted federal emission standards
for large, spark-ignited engines that power forklifts and other
industrial equipment. In response to this legislation, researchers
studied the effects of varying propane fuel compositions on forklift
emissions and durability, the effects of sulfur on catalysts, and the
effectiveness of fuel additives and filters.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study
Propane produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than
diesel and gasoline in a wide range of applications. Researchers
quantified greenhouse gas emissions produced by propane in 13 selected
applications using the GREET model. This research helps to communicate
reliable information to stakeholders at the state and federal levels
about the advantages of using propane technology.
Ozone-Forming Potential Assessment
The Environmental Protection Agency introduced regulations to control
emissions from combustion sources. In response, researchers conducted a
literature review and tested a range of propane combustion processes to
assess the relative ground-level atmospheric ozone impacts of propane
emissions using the ozone reactivity values in the Maximum Incremental