WASHINGTON (April 22, 2021) – In celebration of Earth Day, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is reminding material handling professionals to download its forklift emissions fact sheet. This resource showcases findings from a study conducted by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the Nexight Group.
The study analyzed the comparative emissions of propane in key markets, including forklifts, examining full-fuel-cycle energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, hydrocarbons, and criteria pollutant emissions including nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx). Results from the study revealed the emissions advantages of propane forklifts compared with other energy sources. Most notably:
- Propane reduces SOx emissions by up to 76 percent compared with electric forklifts.
- Propane produces 97 percent fewer NOx emissions compared with diesel forklifts.
- Propane produces 97 percent fewer hydrocarbon emissions compared with diesel forklifts.
“Professionals throughout the supply chain industry are working to decrease emissions and achieve a more sustainable operation — and Earth Day brings a heightened awareness to these efforts,” said Matt McDonald, director of off-road business development at PERC. “For material handling professionals, this often means taking a closer look at the equipment and energy sources used to move products day in and day out.”
Propane’s clean, low emissions profile also means that propane forklifts are safe to operate in properly ventilated indoor environments, as well as outdoors, making them a compelling choice against diesel-powered engines.
About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit Propane.com.