LPG paves the way for carbon reduction

Eurovia Roadstone reduces carbon usage by switching to LPG.

One of the UK’s major asphalt suppliers, Eurovia Roadstone has recently converted from oil to LPG saving the company an estimated 502 tonnes of carbon each year. Previously they were using oil to power the Ipswich production plant, and so in addition to becoming cleaner and greener in its operations, the move has also allowed Eurovia Roadstone to enhance efficiencies too.

The Suffolk plant is responsible for producing a substantial 100,000 tonnes of asphalt each year, all of which goes into strengthening and improving regional highways. Operating without access to the mains gas grid, it was previously relying on a mixture of processed fuel oil (PFO) and gas oil to power its processes. In a bid to mitigate its impact on the environment, meet increasingly stringent carbon reduction targets and boost efficiency levels, the production company decided to switch to LPG.

The LPG supplier provided a full turnkey solution for Eurovia Roadstone and designed a bespoke system to match their fuel requirements. The expert team managed the whole process from initial consultation through to design, installation and now on-going support, with a dedicated account manager to manage any day-to-day queries.

They installed six above ground 2-tonne liquid pump tanks, each fitted with telemetry systems. These allow the supplier to remotely monitor gas usage and automatically arrange delivery, so tanks are always kept topped up.

Commenting on the successful LPG installation the supplier said:

“As the UK moves towards its legally binding commitment of net-zero emissions by 2050, the construction industry has to make significant changes to minimise the environmental impact of its operations. Not only this, but now that rebated fuel duty is under government consultation, those still relying on oil could be faced with increased costs.

“Eurovia Roadstone is an excellent example of how a simple move from oil to gas can have a major impact on a company’s carbon footprint and efficiency levels. And the benefits of switching don’t stop there. Now that it’s operating on LPG, the company is perfectly placed to benefit from biogas in the future – a move that will help them eventually become carbon neutral.”

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK