Energy efficiency: doing more with less

Further use of LPG supports the uptake of modern and highly efficient appliances.

Whether considered in the context of emissions reduction, supply security, or economic competitiveness, the case for pursuing ever-increasing levels of energy efficiency in Europe is overwhelming. From buildings, to buses, to boilers, there are countless opportunities to "do more with less". The LPG industry's direct contact with end-users can help promote energy efficiency across Europe.

Liquid Gas Europe strongly supports this movement and welcomes the EU's efforts to promote efficiency through regulation. As a naturally occurring gaseous fuel, LPG offers inherent efficiency advantages which can be exploited in a diverse range of applications including heating, cooking, transport, and industry.

Furthermore, thanks to its direct contact with end-users at the point of delivery, the LPG sector is particularly well-placed to promote more efficient use of fuel and the cultivation of better informed and more empowered energy consumers. This is achieved through the provision of services such as energy counseling and recommendations as well as the promotion of high-efficiency technology such as LPG-fuelled micro-cogeneration systems which allow for the simultaneous production of both heat and power and allow end-users to sell unused electricity back to the grid.

In cooperation with key stakeholders including the EU institutions and other relevant players, Liquid Gas Europe is actively engaged in the process of developing energy efficiency legislation in key areas such as building performance, the eco-design of energy-using products, and energy services.

Liquid Gas Europe's Key Messages for Policy-Makers on Energy Efficiency:

  • Improving energy efficiency is the most effective means of simultaneously addressing the key challenges of sustainability, supply security and competitiveness. Efficiency, as opposed to the promotion of any one type of energy, should there be the cornerstone of Europe's energy strategy.
  • Gaseous fuels such as LPG are natural tools for policy-makers seeking to promote enhanced energy efficiency, particularly in light of the ever-improving performance of key gas-powered equipment such as boilers, water heaters, and stoves.
  • In its dual role as a legislator and disseminator of best practices among the Member States, the EU can and should foster the development of key energy-efficient technologies such as micro-cogeneration, fuel cells, and gas heat pumps.