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Chemical Companies Investing Millions as Countries Agree to Phase Out HFC Gases

Chemical companies including Honeywell and Chemours are scaling up efforts to make low global warming coolants used in air-conditioners and refrigerators, following a global deal to phase down super-polluting hydrofluorocarbon gases.

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VW Using CO2 in Air Conditioning Systems

Volkswagen has ordered air conditioning systems that use CO2 as a coolant for its VW Phaeton and the Audi A8, the Frankfurter Rundschau reports. In March 2013, VW, Daimler, Audi, BMW and Porsche originally announced plans to develop CO2 technology as a more climate-friendly refrigerant for air conditioning systems. VW … Read more »

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Daimler Must Use Low-Global-Warming Coolant

Germany must force Daimler — which makes Mercedes-Benz — to use a newer low-global-warming air conditioning coolant, according to the European Union. Industry Week reports the EC said Germany has “infringed EU law” and faces court action by allowing Daimler to use an older refrigerant that emits potent greenhouse gases. Since … Read more »

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PepsiCo to Phase Out HFC Equipment by 2020

PepsiCo has set a goal that by 2020 all of its future point-of-sale equipment (coolers, vending machines and fountain dispensers) purchased in the US will be hydroflourocarbon-free. The company has also signed both the Ceres BICEP Climate Declaration and the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group Trillion Tonne Communique. HFCs, … Read more »

Honeywell Plans $300M Climate-Friendly Coolant Plant

Honeywell Plans $300M Climate-Friendly Coolant Plant

Honeywell plans to invest about $300 million to increase production capacity for HFO-1234yf, a low-global-warming refrigerant for cars, including building a commercial manufacturing plant in Louisiana for the air conditioning refrigerant. HFO-1234yf has a global-warming potential (GWP) of less than 1. This GWP is 99.9 percent lower than that of … Read more »

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Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota, Boeing, Tesla, Envision Solar

Toyota will use an older coolant, R134a, for its Prius Plus, Lexus GT86 and Lexus GS in Europe instead of switching to the more environmentally friendly coolant, R1234yf, required by EU norms, Industry Week reports. In boycotting R1234yf, Toyota joins Daimler, which stopped using the newer refrigerant because it says in … Read more »