Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Combination of light hydrocarbons produced partly from the refining of crude oil (about 40%) and partly from the processing of natural gas (about 60%). It consists primarily of propane and butane and is used mostly as a fuel for cooking, heating, lighters and other applications. It can also be used to fuel motor vehicles; there were 250,000 autogas LPG-powered vehicles in France at the end of 2012. As a fuel source, LPG is considered to be cleaner than liquid hydrocarbons and much cleaner than coal, because no particles are released during its combustion.