Forklift emissions data showcases propane’s edge

May 7, 2021 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is reminding material handling professionals to download its forklift emissions fact sheet. The resource showcases findings from a study conducted by the Gas Technology Institute and the Nexight Group.

The study analyzed the comparative emissions of propane in key markets, including forklifts, examining full-fuel-cycle energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, hydrocarbons and criteria pollutant emissions, including nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx). Results from the study revealed the emissions advantages of propane forklifts compared with other energy sources, PERC says. Most notably:

  • Propane reduces SOx emissions by up to 76 percent compared with electric forklifts.
  • Propane produces 97 percent less NOx emissions compared with diesel forklifts.
  • Propane produces 97 percent less hydrocarbon emissions compared with diesel forklifts.

“Professionals throughout the supply chain industry are working to decrease emissions and achieve a more sustainable operation,” says Matt McDonald, director of off-road business development at PERC, who shared the message on Earth Day in April. “For material handling professionals, this often means taking a closer look at the equipment and energy sources used to move products day in and day out.”

Propane’s clean, low-emissions profile also means that propane forklifts are safe to operate in properly ventilated indoor environments, as well as outdoors, making them a compelling choice against diesel-powered engines, according to PERC.

Download the emissions fact sheet at

Featured photo: Propane Education & Research Council

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Brian Richesson is the editor in chief of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at or 216-706-3748.

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