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MEDIA ADVISORY on HFO-1234yf
[17/01/12, Brussels] On the occasion of the press conference organised by Michèle Rivasi MEP on the use of a new MAC refrigerant in cars
- Vehicles using HFO-1234yf are as safe as those using the previous refrigerant. This applies to vehicle occupants, vehicle servicing staff and emergency services.
- The auto industry always conducts - as a standard procedure - a risk assessment when introducing new elements into its vehicles. Such risk assessment has, therefore, been done also in the case of the refrigerant HFO-1234yf It covered all aspects of vehicle use, including normal road use and vehicle accidents, vehicle aging, servicing activities, and end of life treatment.
- Intensive research and analysis by various authoritative parties (SAE, US EPA) has also established that the chosen refrigerant is clearly suitable for a safe utilisation in the MAC system. In addition to convincingly meeting the Global Warming Potential standards as required by the revised Directive 2006/40/EC relating to emissions from air-conditioning systems in motor vehicles.
- Safe application of HFO-1234yf in a MAC system is covered and exhaustively described in the International standard ISO 13043 (Road vehicles — Refrigerant systems used in Mobile Air Conditioning systems (MAC) — Safety requirements) and the SAE international standard J 639 (Safety Standards for Motor Vehicles Refrigerant Vapour Compression Systems).
Relevant links (non exhaustive)
- For the ACEA position on support for a global solution for New Cooling Refrigerants & background information on the use of HFO-1234yf, please visit http://www.acea.be/news/news_detail/acea_members_support_global_solution_for_new_cooling_refrigerants/
- SAE International http://www.sae.org/servlets/pressRoom?OBJECT_TYPE=PressReleases&RELEASE_ID=1109&PAGE=showRelease&COMMON_SUCCESS=TRUE
- US environment agency EPA http://www.epa.gov/ozone/snap/refrigerants/lists/mvacs.html
- German Fire Protection Association http://www.vfdb.de/aktuelle-nachricht.102+M58b605bbfaa.0.html
For a PDF version of this Media Advisory, please click MEDIA_ADVISORY_on_1234yf.pdf
Last Updated 17/01/12
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