Our goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of our energy products by 50 per cent from current (2020) emission levels by 2030, while laying the foundations for a 100 per cent carbon-neutral future, which we want to achieve by 2050 at the latest.
Our ambitious goals
For more than 135 years, UGI has been supplying energy to customers around the world. We have actively participated in the development of our society as we know it today. Today, we offer low-carbon alternatives to oil and gas to residential and business customers who are not connected to the power grid. But while conventional LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) has a significantly lower carbon footprint than oil, it is not the long-term answer to the climate challenges we face. That is why, together with other LPG companies, we are committed to investing heavily in increasing the production of rLG (renewable liquefied petroleum gas) - a near-zero carbon energy source. These investments will allow us to fully cover the demand for conventional LPG and also transition customers not connected to the gas grid to more sustainable solutions, ensuring that no one is left behind. Each year, we deliver around 2 million tonnes of LPG to our customers in Europe, generating a carbon footprint estimated at 6.5 million tonnes of CO2. Our ambition is to reduce our impact by more than 3.25 million tonnes by 2030.
Our future will be sustainable, affordable and comfortable.
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Our ambition is to reduce the carbon footprint of our energy products by 50 per cent from current (2020) emission levels. We intend to do this by 2030. At the same time, we are laying the foundations for a 100 per cent carbon-neutral future, which we want to achieve by 2050 at the latest.
As renewable LPG reuses much of the existing traditional LPG supply, distribution and storage chain, relatively little investment is required. This means that renewable LPG will be affordable as well as readily available. Our long-term goal is to offer our customers a carbon-neutral alternative to the LPG used today. At the same time, we - both today and in the future - can contribute with a renewable alternative dedicated to companies that currently use more carbon-intensive solutions.
Renewable LPG is a ready-to-use solution, meaning that existing boilers and heating equipment can be reused, avoiding new investment and potential disruption to installations. In addition, it is possible to mix renewable LPG with conventional LPG, enabling a smooth transition to the decarbonisation of home heating across Europe.
Frequently asked questions
1.What are rLG, bioLPG, biopropane?
Today we offer households and businesses a lower carbon alternative to oil and gas, as our conventional (fossil) LPG emits 35% less CO2 than coal and 12% less CO2 than oil. We are already poised to take the next step towards a carbon-neutral future. All these terms refer to a 'greener' version of conventional LPG, which vary depending on the technology used and the input material. What they all have in common, however, is that they all have a significantly smaller carbon footprint in production and lower CO2 emissions in use than conventional LPG. "Green" LPG will not be made from fossil fuels, but will nevertheless have properties as similar as possible so that it can be used in existing installations.
2. How is the rLG created?
How is the rLG created? The technologies of creation are many and more will emerge over time. The technologies we are working on have been around for decades, but the challenge is to scale them up and use them in industry - that is our commitment. After careful analysis, we have selected 3 technologies that offer the greatest potential for producing renewable liquefied petroleum gas before 2030: hydrocarbon from alcohol, renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) and power-to-X. Each of these technologies differs in the fuel production process, the type of molecules formed and the input material. What they all have in common, however, is that they allow the production of renewable liquefied petroleum gas as a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional LPG.
3. Will I need to build a new installation to use the rLG?
The shortest answer to this question is 'no'. Our aim is to introduce molecules that, either by blending with conventional LPG or used on their own, will provide the same convenience as conventional LPG without the need for significant investment. On the road to a green future, we are not forgetting anyone and want to make the transformation accessible to everyone.