New Data: Using Propane Forklifts Can Lower Emissions

PERC-commissioned study gives updated emissions statistics for greenhouse gases, pollutants

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2018) — Companies using propane-powered forklifts can significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, according to a study commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council.

“Propane is already known to be the leader for facility operations needing reliability and versatility from their forklift fuel,” said Jeremy Wishart, PERC director of off-road business development. “The results of this study further reinforce the green advantages of a propane forklift as part of its long list of benefits, which includes a lower purchase price, inexpensive fuel costs, and increased productivity because the equipment never needs to stop working to recharge.”

From August 2016 to January 2017, PERC contracted with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) to execute a comparative emissions analysis study of propane forklifts. The study leveraged tools and reports under GTI’s Carbon Management Information Center consortium, including its Source Energy and Emissions Analysis Tool (SEEAT). SEEAT uses government and published data sources to estimate emissions associated with the full-fuel-cycle. The study analyzed greenhouse gases, NOx, and SOx produced by propane, gasoline, diesel, and electric forklifts.

The analysis found the following emissions reductions with propane forklifts:

  • GHG: 16 percent less than gasoline forklifts and 11 percent less than natural gas.
  • NOx: 17 percent less than gasoline forklifts.
  • SOx: 76 percent less than electric forklifts and 15 percent less than gasoline forklifts.

For more information on how else companies can benefit with propane forklifts, visit propane.com/industrial.


About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit propane.com.

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Propane Education & Research Council



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