Published - June 19th, 2018
SHV Energy customers in seven European countries are now able to use a brand new type of energy: BioLPG. In March, SHV Energy received the first delivery of BioLPG from the Neste Biofuels production facility in Rotterdam, representing the start of the first large scale distribution of BioLPG in the world. For the first deliveries, the coaster JS Caesar was fully loaded with BioLPG and started its journey around Europe. Primagaz and Calor are responsible for marketing and distributing this new product within their respective markets. To start with, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium will initially be able to buy the very low carbon, clean fuel.
BioLPG is a drop-in replacement for conventional LPG, so consumers can use exactly the same LPG appliances and vehicles that are widely available throughout Europe. However, the biggest environmental gain from the use of BioLPG is when it replaces solid and liquid fuels such as coal and heating oil. For example, in Europe there are around 40 million households in rural areas beyond the gas grid. Millions of them currently rely on aging heating oil and home central heating systems. If 1 million of them switched to using BioLPG, it would save 5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions – that is the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.
This new development will enable existing customers to dramatically improve their carbon footprint with no adjustment to their current energy systems. It will also, for the first time, enable rural customers and vehicle operators in many European countries to use one of the lowest polluting energy sources in the world today. It’s all part of SHV Energy’s ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon emissions while growing our business. By 2040, our goal is for 100% of our energy products to be from renewable sources.