MEPs consider possible ban on fluorinated gases in car’s air conditioning systems

The Parliament’s Environment Committee will be examining a draft regulation on fluorinated gases with global warming effects on 17 February. The draft has been tightened to include a ban on their use in cars by 2011.

The Environment Committee is set to examine in first reading
the report by MEP Robert Goodwill on the control of fluorinated
gases (F-gases) - a type of product most commonly used in
refrigirators, air conditioning systems and aerosols.

The rapporteur's most controversial amendments propose a
complete ban on the use of HFC-134a in car's air conditioning
systems. The initial proposal from the Commission was to introduce
a phase-out system using quotas but the rapporteur felt it would
have proved too bureaucratic and hard to implement. He therefore
suggested an outright ban of HFC-134a by 2011 instead. The initial
proposal also aims at controlling emissions by introducing
inspections in manufacturing plants and by limiting the use of HFCs
in aerosols. Others introduce restrictions on the marketing and use
of F-gases (for a complete round-up on the proposed regulation, see
EURACTIV's fully updated LinksDossier on

Fluorinated gases and climate
change
).

Producer organisations have generally welcomed the Commission
proposal on F-gases regulation but have warned about the phase-out
of HFC134a in car's air conditioning systems (see

EURACTIV, 3 September
2003
). According to the EFTCTC (European
fluorocarbons technical committee), "given the lack of a proven
alternative that is commercially operating, [...] the setting of a
phase out schedule for enhanced HFC134a systems in cars is
inappropriate" .

 

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