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EU Warns Car Makers on HFC-134a Phaseout

7:58 AM MDT | September 7, 2009

The European Commission has warned car manufacturers that new types of vehicle cannot be sold in the European Union (EU) from 2011 unless they comply with requirements to reduce global-warming emissions from air conditioning systems. The EU approved legislation three years ago requiring manufacturers to use alternative refrigerants to hydrofluorocarbon-134a (HFC-134a) in air conditioning systems in new car models from 2011. HFC-134a, currently used in almost all car air conditioning systems in the EU, has a global warming potential 1,450 times greater than carbon...

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