Renewable gasoline to rival electrification, says report

Plans are below solution to change LPG, saved in bottles and cylinders, with renewable LPG by 2045. (Brendan Esposito/AAP PHOTOS)

By Marion Rae in Canberra

TURNING off gasoline and rewiring Australia is a mistake as a result of renewable gases are within the pipeline, trade advocates say.

After pushing liquid petroleum gasoline (LPG) as a lower-carbon various to pure gasoline and less-polluting than diesel, the trade is ramping up the case for renewable LPG.

It’s a broadly used hydrocarbon most individuals are conversant in of their barbecue gasoline bottles, and bigger cylinders are utilized by enterprise and trade.

Standard LPG shall be phased out by 2045 and changed by a renewable model, making electrification an pointless hit on the general public purse, in accordance with a report launched on Monday.

Gasoline Vitality Australia chief government Geoff Heffernan stated renewable LPG shall be a easy “drop in” direct substitute for standard LPG.

Biogas and renewable LPG are doubtlessly zero carbon, relying on the feedstock and sources of vitality to make them, and safer to move than extra risky liquid hydrogen.

“These findings and the pathways recognized present that not all gases are the identical,” he stated.

With greater than 20 million LPG cylinders in circulation in hospitality, hospitals, manufacturing, agriculture and for barbecues, tenting, boating and hot-air ballooning, he says the necessity can simply be met with out retrofitting every thing.

Mr Heffernan stated the brand new type of LPG would relieve stress on the stretched electrical energy grid, save on switching prices and forestall blackouts.

Renewable LPG has additionally emerged as an essential vitality supply for trade, he added.

In aviation, a global program goals to halve the trade’s emissions by 2050 and sustainable aviation gasoline (SAF) is one device obtainable – together with carbon offsets, in accordance with impartial world analysis company Platts.

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Platts has already launched each day market pricing of SAF and hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) as refineries ramp up in Europe and Asia.

In Europe, gasoline derived from vegetable oils has been used industrially since 2019 and is accessible in cylinders for households, eating places and accommodations.

The World LPG Affiliation’s pin-up instance is a L’Oréal industrial plant within the French countryside that consumes 130 tonnes of LPG a 12 months and switched to bio-sourced LPG in 2018 to get rid of greenhouse gasoline emissions.

The Pathway to Zero Emissions for LPG report by Frontier Economics was commissioned by Gasoline Vitality Australia and the Australian Gasoline Trade Belief.


  • From 2025, biodiesel and SAF through HVO, obtainable from crops deliberate in Gladstone (Queensland) and Kwinana (WA).
  • By 2030, bioLPG from gasification and the chemical course of Fischer-Tropsch which converts carbon monoxide and hydrogen.
  • A gasoline referred to as rDME, which is dimethyl ether, produced from biomass and chemically much like propane and butane, by 2030.
  • By 2035, rDME comprised of inexperienced hydrogen turns into obtainable.
  • Additionally by 2035, synthetically produced LPG with renewable electrical energy as the important thing vitality supply.
  • Standard LPG phased out totally by 2045.
  • By 2050 solely “zero/web zero” sources of LPG shall be obtainable.

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Ian Meikle, editor