Environmental Responsibility

Improving Lives Through LPG

In the context of development goals of the global community, the World LPG Association (WLPGA) launched the Cooking For Life campaign in 2012, with the aim to transition one billion people from cooking with traditional and other dirty and dangerous fuels to cleaner-burning LPG by 2030. By convening governments, public health officials, the energy industry and global NGOs, this campaign explores practical ways of expanding access to LPG in the developing world to improve the lives of billions of people whose health and safety are threatened by cooking with solid fuels. Cooking For Life focuses on communicating the benefits of switching populations from cooking with biomass and other dirty and dangerous fuels, to cooking with LPG. Ranging from key studies and reports to marketing initiatives, workshops and participation in public events, the WLPGA has provided good industry practices and policy tools to grow the industry in a safe and sustainable manner. 

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Switching to LPG would improve quality of lives and bring far-reaching environmental and economic benefits. LPG produces virtually no particulate matter and low emissions of carbon monoxide compared to most non-renewable fuels. Emissions of toxic gases that can cause serious health problems if breathed in are negligible, making LPG highly suitable as a household cooking fuel. The economic benefits include the reduction in health-related expenditure and productivity gains that result from less illness and longer life, as well as the time saved in collecting traditional fuels. The total economic benefits of half of all the people using solid fuels worldwide are estimated at around US$90 billion per year compared with net intervention costs of US$13 billion.

As the leading maritime carrier of LPG and living up to our aim to deliver clean energy for a sustainable world, BW LPG supports the WLPGA Cooking For Life Campaign. Since our inaugural participation in 2016, a team of shore employees has participated in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon every year. Not only does this inspire a healthy lifestyle amongst employees, we are also dedicated to donating to the campaign for each employee taking part in the 10km, half marathon and full marathon races. 

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For BW LPG, the WLPGA is the voice of the LPG industry. The WLPGA serves to promote, inform and educate the benefits of LPG across both industrialised and developing countries as well as about the importance of LPG as a feedstock for every-day appliances, construction materials etc. Within the association, members work on new and innovative uses for LPG – such as LPG as a clean marine fuel or LPG for smaller and medium sized power projects.

INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY

One way that we are protecting the environment for future generations is by investing in technology that can combat climate change. Together with leading engine manufacturers, we pioneered the world's first marine engine that can run on LPG. With this technology, we are also taking the lead and advancing technology towards zero-carbon propulsion.

Significantly, we are pioneering the conversion of 12 ships to LPG as fuel for propulsion. These vessels, due for completion in 2020 and 2021,will emit up to 97% less Sulphur and 20% less nitrogen than heavy fuel oil. They will reduce emissions of particulate matter by up to 90% and carbon emissions by up to 25%. Although it requires significant upfront investment, the returns are positive in both financial and environmental terms, and demonstrate our commitment to action on ESG.

We are also investing in digitalisation through our SmartShips initiative to improve the efficiency of our fleet with real-time data and monitoring of performance and fuel efficiency; and are researching into the use of alternative fuels such as ammonia. We are also tapping upon BW Group's initiatives in other areas of research and development.