Why We Chose It: Sustainable, innovative
SIP (Sustainable Improvement Programme) Power Gas is Primus’s initiative to develop more sustainable outdoor fuels for hikers, campers, climbers and other outdoor adventurers. Because it may or may not have struck you that the stuff in your camping gas canister is ultimately a non-renewable fossil fuel. And while you might think that surely that one little canister can’t do much harm, when you consider how many of those little canisters are actually used in the great outdoors, it starts to look like a much bigger and more serious problem.
What Is Primus SIP Power Gas Best Suited To?
It’s basically designed to replace existing Primus Power Gas, offering the same performance in most outdoor cooking scenarios but with a reduced environmental cost.
We’re not saying you should chuck away all your existing camping gas cartridges and switch over immediately, but next time you need to pick up a new canister, consider buying SIP Power Gas instead of standard Power Gas. It’s easy to spot – unlike the familiar red Primus canisters, this one has a circular green flash around the top of the cartridge.
These canisters aren’t fully filled with biogas, but, through the principle of mass balancing, every molecule of SIP Power Gas that Primus sells ensures that the same amount of biogas gets produced from food waste and animal manure. That gas then gets used in local industries within proximity of the source.
It would be great, of course, if these canisters were 100% biogas but unfortunately Primus say that there currently isn’t the infrastructure in place from the biogas industry for the brand to fully fill them with renewables.
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So ultimately, although Primus aren’t getting the gas themselves, they’re encouraging the use of renewable gas in another product and also supporting the biogas industry, helping to grow it so that it can be a realistic prospect for them as a renewable product in the future.