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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Conseil d'Etat upholds Mercedes refrigerant injunction

Last summer's great story of France's ban on sales of Mercedes cars containing an air-conditioning chemical that had been banned because of its harmful effects on the environment has been wrapped up (at one level, anyay) by the Conseil d'Etat, which upheld an injunction issued last year. Meanwhile the matter continues to rumble on at the European level, with the Commission reportedly commencing action against Germany and other Member States which seem to have adopted a Nelson approach to the problem, allowing new models to be marketed under old approvals so they could take advantage of transitional provisions. And the Commission is also reported to have delivered statements of objections to Honeywell and Du Pont relating to their joint venture agreement to produice the new chemical, HFO-1234yf.

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