Air Conditioning

The European Parliament has overruled its environment committee in voting against measures that would have eliminated fluorinated gases, which are used in car air conditioning systems and contribute to global warming.

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Last month’s vote means fluorinated gases can be used in cars until 2017, despite the gases contributing around 40 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year. Greenpeace said MEPs conceded in the face of fierce lobbying by the chemicals industry. A spokesperson said: “Alternatives are commercially available and already on the market.“