CO2 Technology in the spotlight!

By team, Apr 05, 2007, 00:00 2 minute reading

German media will be reporting more closely on the use of R744 (CO2) in vehicle cooling, after the environmental NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe has recommended its use as a key tool to achieve short term emission reduction targets as part of a new “Marshall Plan” for the car industry.

DUH calls on policy makers … Jürgen Resch and Rainer Baake, Managing Directors of the influential German NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), have called on German policy makers to introduce new measures that would tackle climate change in a more effective and constructive way.

In their latest press release they harshly criticized the lack of concrete proposals from governmental sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, stating that the interim result of three months of intense climate protection debate in Germany would be “frustrating” and that the government’s announcements to implement countermeasures would have a “half-life period of just a few days.”

In the light of Germany hosting the next G-8 summit in June to discuss climate change on a worldwide scale, the government would need to start awareness rising campaigns and introduce incentives for the purchase of environmentally friendly vehicles.

… and the car industry …

Resch and Baake called upon the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and its newly elected president Wissmann to comply with the 140 g/km CO2 emission target the car industry committed itself to achieve by 2008:

“We expect Wissmann to restore the credibility of the German car industry by making clear that this target has to be achieved.”

… to adopt effective tools now

As a key tool to achieve emission reduction targets the DUH demands a binding commitment from the car industry to replace the current refrigerant HFC-134a with the natural alternative R744 in Mobile Air Conditioning. Given that R744 (CO2) has a 1,420 times lower global warming potential than HFC-134a, its use would contribute substantially to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

This demand is part of a new “Marshall Plan” by the DUH listing concrete measures to help the German car industry to achieve climate protection targets in the short run while still remaining competitive on the global market. Besides the adoption of legal instruments and tax tools, the DUH calls for “creative actions” to re-establish the economic and environmental leadership of the German automotive industry.


By team (@r744)

Apr 05, 2007, 00:00

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