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Greenpeace wants carmakers to pay carbon compensation for non-compliant air conditioning

Environmental lobby group says that despite supporting Daimler in its quest for CO2 air conditioning, the ‘polluter pays’ principle should be applied to it for not complying with the MAC Directive

Greenpeace has underlined its support for Daimler in turning away from HFCs and HFOs towards CO2 air conditioning. However at the same time it has maintained that companies that don’t comply with the MAC Directive should pay compensation.

Policy advisor Janos Maté told RAC: “Greenpeace maintains that HFOs are not environmentally sustainable or economically feasible, and that natural refrigerants like CO2 and hydrocarbons, can be safely used in mobile air-conditioning. There are already tens of millions of cars in the world being cooled with hydrocarbon refrigerants.”

“But Greenpeace maintains that all companies that are in violation of the EU MAC Directive should pay a compensation that is targeted towards carbon abatement.”

Currently this appears to only apply to Daimler as the only carmaker with a new type-approved car that has R134a installed. However Mazda is also reported to have switched back to R134a on its CX5.

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