The Autogaz goal is the incorporate high level planning to help make Haiti one of the top environmentally conscious countries. The first step in moving forward is to relinquish dependency on fossil and other fuels that contribute to pollution.
Addressing Current Problems:
Haiti has a need to cease the deforestation that is critically harming the natural environment. The comparison of reduction is shown in the numbers: In 1923 over 60% of Haiti’s land was deforested and by 2006 there was less than 2% forested land left. The devastation is due to many factors but as per the Country Profile for Haiti in the Library of Congress Federal Research Division report of 2006, most of it is the dependency of burning wood coal for 60% of domestic energy requirements.
First Step Solution:
- LPG autogas solutions bring significant environmental benefits with reduced toxic emissions. According to Southwest Research Institute 2012 report, LPG autogas exhaust creates 60-70% less smog-producing hydrocarbons than gasoline.
- The 2003 World Liquid Propane Gas Association report stated that, compared to gasoline, LPG yields 12% less carbon dioxide and 20% less nitrogen oxide, and as much as 60% less carbon monoxide. All are considered to be ‘greenhouse gases’.
- Argonne National Laboratory 2014 report indicated that LPG autogas has a 106 octane rating, as compared to 91-92 of premium grade gasoline. The improved combustion abilities leads to a reduction in carbon monoxide exhaust emission as well as improved engine efficiency.
- 2009 Propane Education & Research Council reported LPG is a low-carbon alternative fuel that produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than either standard or diesel gasoline in a wide range of applications.
- Eurolpg.co.uk reports the Pan-European testing demonstrated petrol/gasoline CO2 is 20.3% higher than LPG.
Transition from fossil fuel to propane based fuel alternatives will contribute to a healthier environment and eco-system for Haiti.