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The findings in the latest United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report should have all of us concerned. The report found “human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. Many of these changes are unprecedented, and some of the shifts…are irreversible for centuries to millennia ahead.”
For fleet owners, this report should be especially eye opening. According to the EPA, transportation makes up the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions at 29 percent. The good news is that there is still time to change if we act now—and propane autogas is an effective and affordable way for fleets to do their part today.
Propane autogas is a low-carbon, near-zero emissions energy source. Its engines are 90 percent cleaner than the most stringent EPA standards. And because propane autogas is affordable, we can accelerate decarbonization by replacing dirtier gasoline or diesel fleet vehicles nearly three times faster than electric.
There may be some fleet owners that have decided not to transition to an alternative energy source just yet because they’re waiting for electric infrastructure and vehicle technology to become affordable or for more vehicles to become available. While the thinking to switch to an alternative fuel is commendable, waiting for electric is shortsighted. Electrification infrastructure will take decades and cost trillions of dollars, with much of the burden falling on those who can afford it least.
Not to mention, in a recent PERC study, researchers found propane-powered medium-duty vehicles provide a lower lifetime carbon footprint solution in most states when compared to medium-duty electric vehicles that are charged using the electric grid in those states.
Current propane technology is already clean and accessible, and there’s no reason to wait any longer. Fleet owners interested in taking the next step toward reducing their emissions today should visit Propane.com/Fleet-Vehicles for more information.