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Propane

What is propane?
Benefits
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Availability and Cost
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Benefits

Environmental

Propane burns more cleanly than gasoline or diesel fuel. On a per unit energy use basis, propane produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The use of propane as an alternative fuel in factory-built vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in light-duty vehicles on a life-cycle (well-to-wheel) basis (compared with gasoline). Emissions reductions resulting from converted vehicles vary and are normally not as high as for vehicles built specifically to run on propane.

Propane also contains fewer toxic pollutants. For example, because propane has extremely low sulphur content, it does not produce significant amounts of sulphur oxides, which can contribute to acid rain and smog. Furthermore, propane is a pressurized fuel that must be contained within a sealed system, right up to the time it enters your vehicle, so it is less likely to escape into the soil or water through careless handling, spills or evaporation.

Societal and economic benefits

All the propane available in Canada is produced by Canadian sources, bringing economic benefits to Canadians. As well, propane as a vehicle fuel is widely available throughout urban and rural Canada, making it a convenient choice for most Canadians.