The propane industry in North Carolina remains committed to offering cleaner propane. One important initiative has been providing strong support for the movement toward sustainability—renewable propane.
Renewable propane is a by-product of the renewable diesel process. Developers of renewable propane in both the United States and Europe have been perfecting methods of producing propane from renewable sources such as biomass, animal oils, vegetable oils and other triglycerides.
Millions of gallons of propane a year can be produced in this way—and those numbers will continue to grow in the years ahead.
The propane produced through this process has all of the benefits of traditional propane. It’s clean, affordable and reliable. It also leaves a very small carbon footprint when compared with electricity.
Advanced technologies are already available for use with ultra-low-nitrogen-oxide engines. These and other advancements will deliver major environmental and public-health gains, particularly for transportation and stationary engines used in agriculture.
In the construction industry, renewable propane addresses the need to generate more of our energy from renewable sources. And for commercial applications, renewable propane provides substantial potential reductions in air pollutants and diesel particulate matter.
As renewable propane becomes more accessible, North Carolina’s homes and businesses can easily use it, which will give a big boost to helping the state meet its emissions objectives.
Renewable propane also allows North Carolina’s propane providers a greater opportunity to be involved in residential, commercial and governmental projects that require energy sources to have zero carbon emissions—or as close as possible—and that means more opportunities and income for locally owned businesses.
Ultimately, renewable propane can be a part of making North Carolina’s quality of life better with reduced emissions, a cleaner environment and forward-thinking applications that will turn our state into a destination for modern development.