PRO KLIMA – The Future of Air-Conditioning in Cars

Dec 04, 2013 - Dec 04, 2013 - in Berlin, Germany

Still a special feature at the beginning of the 1990s, air-conditioning systems in cars are now standard. However, the convenience brings with it a notable downside: the additional fuel consumption due to the air conditioning, along with the commonly used refrigerant R134a have a significant impact on the climate. R134a constantly escapes from the car’s air-conditioning system through leaks. In Germany alone, this contributes as much to global warming as the collective CO2 emiss

Still a special feature at the beginning of the 1990s, air-conditioning systems in cars are now standard. However, the convenience brings with it a notable downside: the additional fuel consumption due to the air conditioning, along with the commonly used refrigerant R134a have a significant impact on the climate. R134a constantly escapes from the car’s air-conditioning system through leaks. In Germany alone, this contributes as much to global warming as the collective CO2 emissions of around 2 million cars with average mileage.

Air-conditioning systems need to become more environmentally friendly. To reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases like R134a, the EU has adopted the F-Gas Regulation and the MAC Directive. But what is the current status of the implementation of these legal requirements? Which refrigerant will cool our cars in a safe and environmentally friendly manner in the future? And what steps must be taken in order to achieve this?

Choosing the right refrigerant is only one step on the way to a more sustainable air-conditioning system - the energy consumption also needs to be reduced. Which savings can be gained from improved engineering? How can air-conditioning systems and vehicle design be adapted and coordinated, and how can other innovative technologies help to minimize the need for air conditioning from the outset?

At our conference, we would like to discuss possible solutions for the future of the automobile’s air conditioning system. Further information on the agenda can be found attached document. A simultaneous translation German-English will be provided.

Date and time of Event: Wednesday, the 4th of December 2013 from 9.30 to 16.30

Place of Event: Representation of the European Commission in Germany, Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin

Registration: Please send an e-mail until the 27th of November to Patrick Huth, huth@duh.de (registration is free of charge, but the number of attendees is limited). 

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