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Daimler 'willing to pay penalties' if it enables CO2 air conditioning solution

German carmaker Daimler has said it is willing to pay any penalties levied by the EC for infringing the MAC Directive, if it enables its engineers to develop an alternative to HFO 1234yf.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency at the Geneva motor show, the carmaker said its engineers were ready to work on accelerating a CO2 solution in collaboration with fellow German firms.

“We could agree in Geneva to press ahead with this sustainable and safe solution together with Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen,” Daimler research and development chief Thomas Weber said in a statement.

The European Commission has said it considers any manufacturer not installing HFO 1234yf to be in breach of the MAC Directive. The German stance would thus theoretically trigger significant fines for infringement, including an element levied daily until the position is rectified.

Daimler has been accused of using the delaying tactic as a way to save money.

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