New partnership will work on LPG blends for transport and other applications in US and Japan

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., U.S. distributor of LPG, renewable energy and related products and services, and Iwatani Corporation of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iwatani Corporation (Japan’s leading provider of LPG and hydrogen), will collaborate in advancing the adoption of low-carbon alternative energy solutions across multiple applications in the LPG market, including LPG blended with renewable dimethyl ether (rDME).

Leveraging Iwatani’s research and development laboratory in Japan, as well as each company’s respective relationships with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers, Suburban Propane and Iwatani will work together to test and evaluate material compatibility, equipment performance and emissions profiles of on-road vehicles, as well as forklifts and appliances at varying blend levels of LPG+rDME.

This new product combines clean, versatile and abundantly available LPG with the renewable, low-carbon benefits of rDME, produced by Oberon Fuels, Inc., to help create a pathway for lowering emissions to meet aggressive carbon reduction standards. Engaging with OEMs, the parties will also collaborate to accelerate the adoption of LPG+rDME both in the United States and Japan.

“We are extremely proud to partner with Iwatani to advance our mutual interests in providing solutions to help decarbonise many sectors of the economy. The collaboration of Iwatani’s market leadership in Japan, partnered with our leadership in the U.S. and our collective commitment to innovation, we are excited to help accelerate the transition to cleaner energy alternatives,” said Michael Stivala, President and CEO of Suburban Propane.

“As Japan’s leading provider of LPG and hydrogen, we intend to continue to demonstrate our company’s commitment to decarbonisation and providing an array of solutions that accelerate the transition to zero emission sources of energy across the markets in which we operate,” commented Joseph S. Cappello, Chairman and CEO of Iwatani Corporation of America.  “Having the opportunity to collaborate with Suburban Propane to advance these objectives in both Japan and the United States is a genuine honour.”

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22 June 2022