Germany ordered to stop backing banned refrigerant

Article by Christian A., on September 28, 2014

The European Commission has ordered Germany to stop supporting a banned car refrigerant -- R134a --within two months. The Commission warned possible court action and fines if Germany fails to heed its order, which came after months of probe prompted by a refusal by Mercedes-Benz to stop using R134a.

R134a, a global warming agent more than 1,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide, has been banned by the European Union, but Mercedes’ continued usage of the refrigerant has even gained backing from Germany. The carmaker says its refusal to stop using R134a is due to safety concerns over the alternative R1234yf, which is developed by Honeywell in partnership with Dupont.

According to Honeywell, the R1234yf is less potent than carbon dioxide, although Mercedes parent Daimler claims that the alternative could emit a toxic gas when it burns. Any failure to take the necessary measures to comply with the request would prompt Commission to refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.

Germany’s minister for transport, Alexander Dobrindt, said in a statement the German auto industry would respect more stringent rules for refrigerants that will become effective 2017. He, however, noted that tests had shown risks with using the new refrigerant, saying it was understandable that the R1234yf is currently not being used.

A Daimler spokesman remarked that the carmaker’s position on R1234yf remained unchanged, adding it is still working on an alternative based on carbon dioxide that should be ready by 2017.

The European Union has a law requiring new cars to use refrigerants with a global warming potential no more than 150 times that of carbon dioxide. A diplomat told Reuters that Germany would reply to the Commission within two months and was talking to regulators. He added that Germany is still insisting that no EU law has been violated. [source: Reuters.com]

Topics: germany

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V sedan will be getting a new paint job that will give it a unique icy feel. Dubbed the Glacier Metallic Edition, this special model was built...
by - August 23, 2017
During the North American International Auto Show at Detroit in 2015, Hyundai introduced a concept pickup truck they named the Santa Cruz. This model took home the Concept Truck of...
by - August 23, 2017
Porsche introduces the technologically advanced wheels with braided carbon fiber. These will be initially available on the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Being the first car manufacturer to offer such...
by - August 23, 2017
All eyes were turned to the fuchsia pink bespoke McLaren 720S MSO at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday. Surely, we can understand why. The one-off supercar, which was...
by - August 23, 2017
Hyundai Motor Group – including both Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors – has disclosed a wide-ranging plan to introduce 31 environment-friendly models in a new development roadmap that aims to...
by - August 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries