World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom

Products

Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology

Features

General articles, applications and industry analysis

500,000 German cars use 1234yf

DuPont-1234yfGERMANY: Despite strong German opposition to the new car air conditioning refrigerant R1234yf, around 500,000 cars have already been registered in the country with the new gas.

Figures showing that 458,532 new vehicles were registered and using the new refrigerant between January 2013 and June 2015, were revealed by the German government in answer to questions from the Left Party (Die Linke).

In response, the German government repeated previous statements that, backed by the results of numerous independent and industry studies, it sees no significant risks in using the new refrigerant.

Since January 2013, all new types of vehicle registered and marketed in the EU have to contain an air conditioning refrigerant with a GWP under 150. This effectively bans the use of industry standard refrigerant R134a, leaving the new “mildly flammable” HFO R1234yf as the only currently available choice.

Despite this, Mercedes manufacturer Daimler has refused to adopt the new refrigerant due to safety fears and continues to use R134a, in direct contravention of the MAC directive. This has left the German government, on one side, facing European Commission infringement proceedings and, on the other, severe criticism from the German media backing the stance of Daimler.

While Mercedes and VW are conspicuously absent from the list released by the government, a total of 44 manufacturers and 85 different car models, including those of fellow German car manufacturers BMW and Opel, are listed. Refrigerant manufacturer DuPont has previously predicted that, globally, more than 7 million cars using the new refrigerant are expected to be on the road by the end of this year. 

Both Mercedes and VW have pinned their future on CO2 and have indicated that vehicles could be available as early as next year.

Related stories:

EC rejects petition to ban R1234yf – December 14, 2014
BELGIUM: A petition calling for a ban on the use of “dangerous substance” R1234yf in vehicle air conditioning systems has been rejected by the European parliament. Read more…

Latest News

20th February 2024

F-gas regulation published in Official Journal

EUROPE: The new F-gas regulation has now been published in the EU’s Official Journal, making it legally binding and entering into force in 20 days.
20th February 2024

Carrier Germany increases heat pump training

GERMANY: Carrier Germany is offering new hydraulics training courses  at its training centre on the IKKE campus in Duisburg to support the growing demand for heat pump expertise. 
20th February 2024

Oceanair acquired by builders’ merchant MKM

UK: Air conditioning and heat pump distributor Oceanair UK has been acquired by MKM, the independent builders’ merchant.
20th February 2024

Carrier to build factory and R&D facility in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA: Carrier is to build an advanced manufacturing and R&D facility in Saudi Arabia in a partnership with Alat, a new Riyadh-based public investment fund company.
19th February 2024

BDN offers high level monitoring

IRELAND: The first installation of Bitzer’s Digital Network (BDN) in Ireland is providing high-level monitoring, system diagnostics and optimisation for an award-winning deli food specialist.
19th February 2024

Manchester receives heat pump training boost

UK: Daikin UK in partnership with the Green Skills Academy is to deliver the first heat pump training programme for college tutors and staff at nine Greater Manchester colleges.