German regulation underlines sustainable contribution of Autogas
The draft of the 38th Ordinance on the Implementation of the Federal Emission Control Act (BImSchV), which covers both the low-emission combustion of the alternative fuel Autogas and the potential of bio-LPG (Autogas from renewable sources), was recently unveiled.
“The regulation underlines the contribution that Autogas -as a widely available alternative fuel- already makes to CO2 reduction today and will do in the future. Autogas lowers greenhouse gas emissions and thereby helps achieve climate mitigation targets,” explained Rainer Scharr, Chairman of the German LPG Association DVFG.
“The fact that the regulation also includes bio liquefied petroleum gas confirms the sustainable development of LPG as a modern fuel,” Scharr added.
The draft of the 38th BImSchV implements European guidelines on the greenhouse gas ratio of fuels into national law. For the first time, it recognises the contribution of Autogas as a fuel for greenhouse gas reduction: with a value of 73.6 kg of CO2 equivalent per gigajoule, LPG falls below the European reference value to control the greenhouse gas ratio of conventional fuels by 22%.
In addition, the introduction of bio-LPG can contribute to the reduction of LPG greenhouse gas footprint. “This legislative focus will contribute decisively to opening up the German market for bio liquefied natural gas, which will be available for the first time in 2017 in Germany,” concluded Scharr.