European Commission's Top Scientific Body Concludes That Honeywell's Low-Global-Warming Refrigerant Is Safe For Use In Automobiles
March 10, 2014
The European Commission’s top scientific and technical body has concluded that Honeywell’s new low-global-warming-potential mobile air conditioning refrigerant, HFO-1234yf, is safe for use in automobiles, marking the final word in a thorough and inclusive evaluation process.
“A scientific review of the research regarding the safety aspects of the use of refrigerant R1234yf in Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) systems, published today by the European Commission, concludes that there is no evidence of a serious risk in the use of this refrigerant in MAC systems under normal and foreseeable conditions of use,” the European Commission said in statement following an extensive evaluation by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). “The review reinforces the conclusions by the German market surveillance authorities, the KBA (Kraftfahrt Bundesamt), which stated that there is no sufficient supporting evidence of a serious risk that would entail the intervention of the authorities.”
JRC issued a 17-page report supporting its conclusions after a three-month evaluation during which it thoroughly reviewed the extensive testing done by a range of leading automakers as well as the world’s foremost automotive engineering body, SAE International, and independent test agencies.
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