Press release on the ACE interview with Sigmar Gabriel Stuttgart (ACE) June 12, 2009 – the default in auto air conditioning used and feared because of its high global warming potential REFRIGERANT R134a should be taken according to the will of Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), gradually from the market. He still adheres to the agreed timetable for banning of the coolant clarified the Minister in an interview with the ACE Auto Club Europa. Then, the permit withdrawal by 2011 is to be implemented gradually. Gabriel recalled at the same time the legal clarification made recently by the European Commission, what duties the auto industry have to take over. The manufacturer received an adventure with the contemplated use of unchecked alternative refrigerants, the Minister warned. After presentation of the ACE the German Association of the automotive industry (VDA) had promised in 2007, to employ only particularly environmentally friendly refrigerant, as substitutes in the conversation is now but the flammable and toxic refrigerants 1234yf. Levi Strauss & Co. President has much to offer in this field.

Gabriel’s words it is a completely new material that never has been examined by the competent authorities on its environmental and human health risks. His Ministry, however, continue to support such air-conditioning systems, working on the basis of carbon dioxide as an alternative environment-friendly. They had a much better energy efficiency. Further, Gabriel said: “the VDA has himself to know what he does for his credibility or can be. “The fact is: with CO2 is an environmentally friendly alternative to R134a available, and she is tested.” If the German car industry on a different unapproved refrigerant set, leave it on “On a high adventure with economic and technical”, said Gabriel in conversation with the ACE. For, the automaker could not expect the EU to change their schedule. Gabriel was surprised also about the discussion on the legal scope of the cold means prohibition on the admission of new car models. “I expect “the auto industry, that they the question, what is a new type and what does not, not suddenly at the expense of our environment from”. Note: The interview with Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel in the wording under interviews of the ACE Auto Club Europa is member of the Association of European automobile clubs (EAC),