Energy Balance

Propane is an immediate and effective way to make a positive impact on the environment, because propane is a low-carbon alternative fuel that produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than most other energy sources. In addition, propane is a non-poisonous, non-toxic fuel that won’t contaminate soil or groundwater, making it safe to use anywhere. Not only is propane the smart choice today, it’s the right choice for tomorrow, as well. Because in the near future, more and more of the propane we use will be made from renewable sources. An exciting innovation generated from waste oils and fats, renewable propane is chemically identical to propane produced from petroleum, yet it’s completely carbon neutral.

There’s no one solution — or single energy source — that will solve the long-term challenges we face. Wind and solar are both promising, low-emissions renewable energy sources, but when it comes to heating water or powering a bus, something more is required. That’s where low-emissions propane comes in. It’s a crucial part of the larger solution that includes renewables and other clean sources of energy. Because it’s reliable as well as powerful, propane is helping lead a clean fuel revolution in industries from landscaping to home construction, sparking innovations that will keep our planet cleaner for future generations.


When compared to gasoline or diesel, propane autogas substantially reduces greenhouse gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide as well as non-regulated emissions including aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, and sulfur dioxide.

Whether improving the environment is a corporate priority, or you recognize that sustainable solutions are on the minds of the American consumer, converting to autogas allows your business to contribute to improvements in the transportation sector.

Propane is a clean, low-carbon fuel that produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than many other energy options.

Direct use of propane for space heating, water heating, cooking, and clothes drying reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 50 percent compared to electricity.

Residential Space Heater

7.8 million households use propane for in-home heating. 4.6 million homes use propane for water heating and more than 42 million homes use propane for outdoor grilling activities.

Off-Road Applications

17 top mower brands offer propane-powered models. These clean-fuel-burning mowers are exempt from ozone action days, and can operate when gasoline and diesel mowers are sidelined.

Hundreds of thousands of forklifts in the U.S. are powered by propane. These forklifts cut emissions by 19 percent compared to gasoline versions.


Propane can be found on 40 percent of American farms. Propane-powered irrigation engines cost less to operate and produce 11 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than diesel engines.

Propane Autogas

12,000 propane-powered school buses transport 700,000 school children every day.

Transportation demand accounts for nearly 10 percent of U.S. retail propane demand.

Nearly 200,000 vehicles in the U.S. are powered by propane.

Propane engines emit 12 percent less CO2 emissions, 20 percent less NOX emissions, and 60 percent less CO emissions than gasoline engines. They also produce 80 percent less smog-producing hydrocarbon emissions than diesel engines.

*Propane light-duty vehicles produce 14 percent fewer GHG emissions than gasoline vehicles.

Propane is an eligible fuel for the newly created Alternative Fuels Corridors. There are more than 3,300 public propane refueling stations across the nation. Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the amendments to the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

*Propane school buses emit 13 percent less GHG emissions compared to gasoline.