Global warming row over car air conditioning

Vehicle air conditioning has become the latest battleground for producers of HFCs and alternative hydrocarbon coolants. In support of its bid to break into a fast-growing market, hydrocarbon producer Calor Gas claims that the currently dominant HFC-134a systems will make a sizeable contribution to global warming - and unpublished official estimates suggest that HFC-134a emissions equivalent to almost 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide will occur in the UK during car use, servicing and scrapping in 2000.

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