As a gaseous fuel, LPG burns cleaner than most solid and liquid alternatives, and therefore contributes very little to air pollution
The recent rise of climate change to the top of the policy agenda has at times diminished the attention given to the broader issue of environmental protection. Preserving Europe's air, water, and soil quality remains a key task for policy-makers and should remain a priority for the European Union, particularly given its potential impact on the health of humans and other living things.
Pollution resulting from the combustion of liquid and solid fuels is a source of particular concern both in Europe and around the world. This is particularly apparent in urban areas, where air pollution continues to take an unacceptable toll on human health. As the World Health Organization puts it:
Similarly, the production, distribution and transport of many industrial products can lead to damage to the natural environment, specifically the soil and water.
The LPG industry is particularly proud of LPG's status as a genuinely environmentally friendly energy source. Compared to their liquid and solid fuel counterparts, gaseous fuels such as LPG generate extremely low levels of pollutant emissions, making them an ideal means of meeting citizens' energy needs without compromising local air quality. Moreover, LPG does not suffer from significant fugitive emissions during storage or distribution and is, in any case, not harmful to the environment or human health. An extensive search of available literature did not identify any references to ecotoxycological effects for LPG or its primary constituents. Indeed, unlike the vast majority of petroleum products, LPG was exempted from the registration, evaluation and downstream user provisions of REACH, the EU's flagship Regulation on chemicals.
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