ICI rapped over claims for new refrigerant

The environmental credentials of one of the gases touted as a substitute for the ozone-depleting CFCs have been placed under the microscope through the unlikely route of an advertisement placed in the House of Commons' weekly magazine by its manufacturer, ICI. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has just upheld four out of five complaints brought by Greenpeace against ICI's claims.

The chemical in question, HFC-134a, has been developed by several CFC producers as an "ozone-friendly" replacement in applications ranging from refrigerants for supermarket cabinets and domestic refrigerators to automobile and other air-conditioning units. ICI is one of the world's largest producers of HFC-134a under the brand name Klea.

ICI has been keen to divert attention from Greenpeace's campaign. Though not an ozone depleter, the ch

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