LONDON – The European Commission is proposing a gradual phase-out of HFC-134a, a gas used as a refrigerant in vehicle air-conditioning systems, with an outright ban on the gas by 2018. Under the EC proposal, HFC-134a would be phased out of new vehicles between 2009 and 2013. The gas would be abolished from the replacement market five years later. The EC says companies would be permitted to transfer compliance credits between each other and earn additional credits toward meeting quotas by ...

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