LPG is the hidden hero of your May Day Bank Holiday

Thursday 28th April 2016

As millions of Britons plan to head outdoors this weekend, here are five little-known facts about LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), a fuel that will energise rural Britain over the bank holiday, powering everything from barbecues to countryside spa retreats.

  • Not only does the president of the British Barbecue Society agree that, when it comes to convenience, gas is king[1], gas powered barbecues and stoves are also the environmentally friendly choice, emitting 33% less carbon that charcoal
  • LPG is used to cook gastronomic delights for in excess of 14 million[2] UK festival goers at more than 200 events each year
  • LPG is used by more than 7,000 of the successful street food traders operating in the UK to cook dishes from every corner of the globe
  • In the absence of geothermal energy or the prospect of any real summer sun (sob), LPG is used to warm the waters of both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and spas in off-grid locations up and down the country
  • Around 200,000 off-grid homes choose LPG for cooking and heating all year round. There is every chance that, should the great British weather make an unscheduled appearance, these homes will host a rained off barbecue or two this weekend.

 Rob Shuttleworth, Chief Executive of UKLPG, the trade organisation for the liquefied petroleum gas industry in the UK, explains: “Most people are familiar with the gas cylinders used to power their barbecues or hook up to their caravan or boat, but few appreciate that it is a much greener alternative to charcoal and that is the power behind thousands of applications in rural off-grid Britain, from hot air balloons to industrial kilns and furnaces and forklift trucks, leisure centres, and hotels.

“With advances in technology, it is becoming an essential part of driving the rural economy heating homes and businesses. With more than half of Britons[3] planning staycations this summer, it will be integral to millions of successful holidays this year.”

For more information on LPG including safe use and storage of cylinders, please click here

[1] The Telegraph, June 2015 

[2] Thinkmoney, March 2015

[3] Travelodge survey, April 2016

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