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“Cool War” continues: Standoff between EU and...

“Cool War” continues: Standoff between EU and...

11 April 2014
Lately, the automotive refrigerant rivalry has been heating up, especially in Europe. In January, the European Commission launched infringement proceedings against Germany for its refusal to enforce the MAC Directive,...
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UK’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives to boost th...

UK’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives to boost th...

11 April 2014
On 9 April 2014, the long-awaited financial incentive for homeowners to switch to renewable heating, was launched in the UK. With guaranteed quarterly payments over a 7-year period for installation of low carbon heati...
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California considers fee on high GWP HFCs

California considers fee on high GWP HFCs

24 March 2014
In order to address high global warming potential (GWP) gases in a consistent manner, on a carbon dioxide equivalent basis, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is recommending the introduction of a fee on sales a...
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European Parliament Plenary votes in favour of new EU F-G...

European Parliament Plenary votes in favour of new EU F-G...

12 March 2014
On 12 March 2014, the European Parliament’s plenary formally adopted the compromise text of the new EU F-Gas Regulation that had been agreed among the EU institutions in December 2013. The attention now turns to...
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Daimler sticks to CO<sub>2</sub>, considers JRC report on safety of ...

Daimler sticks to CO2, considers JRC report on safety of ...

11 March 2014
In reaction to a report published on 7 March 2014 by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) investigating the safety of the refrigerant R1234yf, Daimler re-confirmed its commitment to develop CO2 ...
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SAE collaborating with VDA on standards for CO<sub>2</sub> MAC

SAE collaborating with VDA on standards for CO2 MAC

6 March 2014
According to a recent press release by SAE International, its Climate Control Standards Committee (ICCSC) will be working together with the VDA (German association of the automotive industry) on standards related to R...
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Norway’s f-gas tax soars 44% in 2014, updated GUIDE...

Norway’s f-gas tax soars 44% in 2014, updated GUIDE...

18 February 2014
Norway has raised its f-gas tax level to about €42/tCO2eq in 2014, maintaining “first” place among those countries that have introduced such a tax in Europe. F-gas tax levels for 2014 are now included...
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Japan: €36 million in subsidies for natural refriger...

Japan: €36 million in subsidies for natural refriger...

6 February 2014
Focusing on both domestic Japanese and international dimensions, the two Policy Sessions at the ATMOsphere Asia 2014 conference on natural refrigerants held on 3-5 February in Tokyo, Japan provided an overview of curr...
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UPDATE: Newly agreed EU F-Gas rules foresee HFC bans in c...

UPDATE: Newly agreed EU F-Gas rules foresee HFC bans in c...

3 February 2014
On 16 December 2013, the EU Institutions reached an informal agreement on the future F-Gas Regulation: an HFC phase-down is to be introduced - a gradually declining “cap” on bulk HFCs placed on the EU mark...
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CO<sub>2</sub> MAC gets support of a leading Member of the European ...

CO2 MAC gets support of a leading Member of the European ...

31 January 2014
One of the key Members of the European Parliament, Matthias Groote, has recently expressed his support of Daimler’s decision to step back from using the new refrigerant HFC1234yf and instead deploy the safe and ...
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MAC Directive: EU launches legal action against Germany

MAC Directive: EU launches legal action against Germany

23 January 2014
In a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on 23 January 2014, the European Commission announced the launch of legal proceedings against Germany over non-compliance with the Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) Directive and...
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GUIDE+: expert analysis of HFC taxes & fiscal incenti...

GUIDE+: expert analysis of HFC taxes & fiscal incenti...

17 December 2013
Launched on 17 December 2013, "GUIDE+: HFC taxes & fiscal incentives for natural refrigerants in Europe" looks at HFC taxes, as well as investment grants and accelerated tax relief schemes incentivising ...
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Democrats urge US EPA to take domestic action on HFCs

Democrats urge US EPA to take domestic action on HFCs

6 December 2013
A 3 December 2013 letter by 16 Democrat Senators and Members of the Congress addressed to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, calls for immediate national action to curb hydrofluoroca...
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R1234yf strikes out with German motorists

R1234yf strikes out with German motorists

19 November 2013
According to an online survey among 3000 German car drivers by the green automobile club (ökologischer Verkehrsclubs VCD), German motorists are against the new refrigerant R1234yf. Users would be willing to pay a...
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F-Gas discussions take centre stage at ATMOsphere Europe ...

F-Gas discussions take centre stage at ATMOsphere Europe ...

22 October 2013
ATMOsphere Europe 2013 held on 15-16 October provided a platform for key policy-makers, industry representatives and other players to exchange views on the measures considered under the EU F-Gas Regulation Review. Eur...