Propane & the Environment

You can feel great about using clean, efficient, American-made fuel in your home

Like many of you, the team at Koppy’s Propane is concerned about addressing the negative effects of climate change. In addition to keeping you warm and comfortable, we ensure that the fuel we deliver does not harm the planet. Propane is an eco-friendly way to heat your home and power your appliances.

Propane is green

Conventional propane is a co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining. No additional drilling is needed to produce it.

When you look at propane’s carbon intensity (CI) score (how much carbon dioxide is generated to produce a given amount of energy), you’ll find it’s significantly lower than those of diesel, heating oil and gasoline. Moreover, propane’s CI is roughly 30% lower than that of Pennsylvania’s grid electricity, which is still heavily reliant on coal and natural gas for generation.*

Unlike natural gas, propane contains no methane, a potent greenhouse gas. It also emits virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen. It’s not a surprise, then, that propane is listed as an alternative fuel in the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 and the 1990 Clean Air Act.

And propane is becoming even greener.

Lowering propane’s impact on the environment

Renewable propane is molecularly identical to conventional propane. It has the same low emissions and burns with exceptional efficiency in furnaces, boilers, water heaters and other gas-fired products.

But renewable propane is made from recycled and organic ingredients, like those that make biodiesel. These feedstocks include:

  • used cooking oil
  • animal fats
  • woody biomass
  • municipal waste
  • soybean oil
  • inedible corn oil
  • camelina sativa (also known as false flax)

These recycled feedstocks and the eco-friendly production process that is used can lower renewable propane’s CI score to less than one-fifth the CI of Pennsylvania’s grid electricity!

While it isn’t widely used yet, renewable propane’s production increases considerably each year.

Koppy’s Propane is available to answer any of your propane questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

* Source: Propane Education & Research Council