Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a portable, clean and efficient energy source which is readily available to consumers around the world. LPG is a co-product of natural gas and crude oil production; its unique properties make it a versatile energy source which can be used in more than 1,000 different applications.
LPG is a clean energy solution, which emits 50% less CO2 emissions than coal and 20% less than heating oil, making it ideal for use in heating and cooking. LPG also improves both indoor and outdoor air quality by substantially reducing pollutants which are hazardous to health, such as SOx, NOx and Particulate Matter.
LPG has more than 1,000 applications: it is used in transportation, in commercial business, industry, farming, domestic heating and cooking, and for recreational purposes. The domestic sector is one of the most popular applications for LPG with almost 47% of the global demand for LPG coming from residential cooking and heating demands.
Autogas is one of the fastest growing sectors, representing almost 9% and 22.87 million tonnes of total LPG consumption worldwide (2010 data). In the past four years, Autogas consumption increased on average 4.6% annually. Autogas is well established in many countries in the world that have enabling legislation.
In 2010 global LPG production reached a record high of 249 million tonnes, with the Asia-Pacific region growing almost 4.6%. The American continent did not see substantial changes in production between 2000 and 2010; however, there was a small increase in LPG production in Africa. The global LPG market is expected to increase substantially in the next decades as LPG markets in Asia and Africa grow.