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During the height of the pandemic, when many of us were following stay-at-home orders, we saw a record drop in daily global carbon emissions by almost 17 percent. But now, as communities are back open and people are on the go, CO2 emissions are at the highest they’ve ever been in modern recorded history at more than 419 parts per million.
That’s a staggering number, and one that should make any fleet owner or transportation director do a double take. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change, the highest priority must be to reduce CO2 pollution at the earliest possible date.”
Many new government regulations focus on full electrification for fleets to achieve this goal. But the rationale behind those proposals is based on the assumption that the electrical grid will be fully decarbonized in the near future. While that thinking is aspirational, that’s not realistic for today. In fact, right now, medium- and heavy-duty propane autogas vehicles provide a lower carbon footprint in 38 states when compared with similar electric vehicles charged from the electrical grid.
Today, thousands of fleets from coast-to-coast have already adopted propane autogas as a clean energy source that reduces emissions in their communities every day. Not to mention, propane autogas is also affordable, and reduces more emissions per dollar spent than any other fuel.
And it’s only going to get better. Renewable propane, which has an even lower carbon intensity than conventional propane, is becoming more popular, and production is on the rise. In the near future, more and more of the propane autogas we use will be made from renewable sources.
If fleet owners and transportation directors want to make a difference for emissions in their community, they need to consider what they can do today that will make a difference well into the future. Propane autogas is that solution.