Reactions to HFC1234yf Daimler U-turn: NGO calls for fines on cars with R134a

By Alexandra Maratou, Sep 25, 2012, 14:08 1 minute reading

Reacting to today’s announcement by Daimler that HFC1234yf is not safe for its vehicles, and that it will continue using climate warming refrigerant R134a banned under EU law, leading German NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) has called for fines to automakers that continue using R134a amounting to €665 per vehicle.

DUH sees the announcement by Daimler as open non-compliance with the EU MAC Directive that requires carmakers to use refrigerants with a Global Warming Potential below 150.

The NGO expects other carmakers to follow suit in the coming weeks. DUH President Jürgen Resch is quoted in a press release published swiftly after Daimler’s announcement, saying that “for four years the automotive industry has known about the unacceptable dangers of the chemical refrigerant 1234yf. Now it becomes obvious that carmakers never seriously looked for an alternative to the cheaper but climate devastating (R134a) refrigerant. In the coming days and weeks decisions by other carmakers renouncing 1234yf will follow. The announcement by Daimler to continue using the cheap, old and climate-damaging refrigerant R134a, is an open non-compliance with EU climate laws. This has to be addressed with the immediate imposing of penalties.”

DUH: fines of €665 per vehicle needed

To deal with this situation, DUH is now calling on the European Commission to impose fines on automakers that continue using the banned old refrigerant R134a and that this would amount to €665 per vehicle under current criminal provisions of the EU law.

Fines can be avoided by using natural refrigerants

Every vehicle manufacturer has the option to avoid these penalties and at the same time to act lawfully through the use of natural refrigerants such as CO2, says DUH. 


By Alexandra Maratou

Sep 25, 2012, 14:08

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