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Greenpeace backs Daimler position over Mobile Air Conditioning Directive

Environmental lobby group becomes unlikely ally of Daimler by supporting its defiance of EU rules and refusal to install HFO 123yf

Greenpeace has voiced its support for Daimler’s current refusal to switch from R134a, supporting the carmaker’s plea for more time to develop a carbon dioxide solution for mobile air conditioning.

HFO 1234yf, was unnecessary and would pose incalculable risks in accidents, Greenpeace said yesterday.

The group would support German luxury carmaker Daimler in its resistance to introduce the new refrigerant, Greenpeace’s special projects’ coordinator Wolfgang Lohbeck told the German media.

“I want to explicitly thank Daimler for being the only car manufacturer to oppose the introduction of a dangerous and unnecessary new class of CFCs,” Lohbeck told German daily newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Daimler’s stance - and the German support for it - was censured by a meeting of the EU’s Member States on Wednesday. The ruling effectively paves the way for national governments to refuse to register new models of Mercedes A, B and CLA class, which are no longer entitled to contain R134a, under the MAC Directive.

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