Let me tell you a fairy tale:
Once upon a time, a man lived in a house that had no door. Everyone laughed at him. But he he didn't care, because it was easier to walk in and out of the house with no door so in his mind, he saved time and money.
In the winter, though the house became very cold because it had no door. So he turned the heating up full to keep the house warm. He consumed vast amounts of electrical energy and polluted the planet. Everyone complained, but he didn't care. He could do what he wants with his money
But the complaints grew so loud, that the government paid a shed load of money to experts to see what they could do to reduce the pollution from the vast amount of energy the man was wasting. After year's of research, the clever experts invented an 'air curtain' for the door. This way he could still walk in and out as he liked with wasting time with a door, and it would reduce the energy he was using. Every one clapped. What a great idea. Then the experts said lets see just how much energy we have saved with this idea. So the government paid them another shed load of money to investigate. After much research time, and funding, they were delighted to announce that the man could save 50% of his energy cost if he used these air curtains. What fantastic news every one cried, the man is happy, the experts are happy, the government are happy, and the pollution was reduced.
The man who lived across the house was left scratching his head in wonder. His house had a door. His house had always had a door and his energy bills were much much lower. But no one was praising him, or giving him loads of money. So, he took his door off too, and the pollution from the extra energy he was using grew and grew. So the problem was worse, but everyone said it was better.
Of course, this is a silly fairy tale and would never happen in real life. We only tell tales like this to make people laugh and learn a lesson, not to follow exactly.
Why anyone is astounded that DEFRA twist and U Turn to suit themselves is beyond me and explains this industries naive one sided relation with them.
George is right, Government don't know how an AC system works. But they do know how Government works so can take a political approach to the environment and this industry.
Our only failing in all of this is that we put our faith in trade associations who endeavor to represent industry while being unequal, and barely tolerated partners in the political bed that are government departments.
As long as we continue to lobby as we do; as long as we continue to regulate as we do, as long as we continue to shrug and accept U-Turns as we do, ....we will continue to get what we get now. This is not the first time, and will not be the last time that an industry trade body will be surprised and dismayed by the approach taken by Government.
Comment on: Fast and loose with compliance
Dear Andrew, please forgive me, but I am not sure that I follow the logic of this post.
Are you saying that we shouldn't celebrate the fact that Daimler are now pioneering a natural solution because they should be punished for past crimes?
I am not a religious person but the parable of the prodigal son calls for us to kill the fatted calf at this point. Should the moral of that story not apply here to welcoming Daimler to the natural refrigerant world? Will throwing the book at Daimler actually happen and it fit did would it really act as a deterrent to other car manufacturers at this moment in time? I really don't know.
The lack of a consistent 'stick' approach to regulations in this industry is certainly not helping anyone, but to claim that this is because two German automotive manufacturers can't be in breach of the law reeks of misguided conspiracy claims. If the RAC industry wishes to make this global headlines, why not get on the BBC today programme or something? I personally don't think we have the stomach for that, even if it were remotely possible (which I guess it isn't anyway). So, lets kill the fatten calf for now.
Comment on: Mike Nankivell to retire
Mike is truly one of this industry's giants and tireless campaigner.
I wish him well in his retirement. If anyone can rest assured that they have made a difference, it is Mike.
Impossible to replace.
How many £millions does it cost to produce a coffee table report? Well around £20m it seems.
If you have read the Carbon Trust sponsored reports from a few back may appreciated the recycling of the data from them and the glossy repackaging. One cannot help but admire the artful spin employed in presenting this as new and pioneering.
Describing 'cooling' as "vital but dirty" whilst catchy is downright misleading. The journalistic world may require soundbytes to raise the profile of a cause it doesn't help any serious debate.
My fridge at home has sat in the corner of the kitchen for years and as far as I know hasn't given off any dirt. It only requires dusting sometimes. Does this make it cleantech? Of course, the electricity required to run it is generated elsewhere. Perhaps we should clean that up as part of the solution?
This report is neither direct or hard hitting, and anyone that seriously things it is is kidding themselves. But, credit where it is due, it does raise a debate and awareness of the importance of refrigeration to modern life.
Still not sure that it was worth the £milliions though.