Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is being vastly promoted in India to reduce the carbon footprint of the country, but transporting it to the hills is actually resulting in vehicular emissions. LPG cylinders are transported to hilly terrains from production units which are generally located in the plains.
According to the first of its kind study on carbon miles of any product in India, scientists at G B Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD) found that transportation of each LPG cylinder, weighing 14.2 kg, leaves behind 60 gram carbon dioxide per kilometre in the hills. The emission is higher in case the cylinder is transported by a diesel vehicle than petrol.
In the study published in the ‘Journal of Cleaner Production’, scientists said that strong action was needed to improve the mode of transportation of LPG in the hills to lower the carbon footprint of India. Read more
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