Davies: Commission must not give competitive advantage to German car manufacturer

Chris Davies MEPThe German government has been attacked for special pleading on behalf of a car manufacturer that is refusing to meet EU requirements for eco-friendly air-cons.

Daimler has declared that it will continue to use HGC134a, an air-conditioning coolant with a global warming potential (gwp) nearly 1,500 times greater than CO2.  The industry standard is now to use HFC1234yf, which has a gwp of just 4, but the car manufacturer claims that it has conducted new tests that suggest it is inflammable at very high temperatures.

EU Commissioner Antonio Tajani confirmed in response to a parliamentary question from UK Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies that he would start infringement procedures against Member States that had not complied with the new EU rules from 1 January 2013.  However, he also conceded that the Commission was analysing a request by the German authorities to find a special solution for Daimler.

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