F-gas firms deny stitch-up on standards

Hydrocarbon lobby's accusations are "blatantly incorrect", claims trade association

An industry support group for the potent greenhouse gases HFCs has strongly denied accusations that its members are seeking through discussions in standardisation bodies to beat off competition from climate-friendly hydrocarbons. The claim, issued by hydrocarbons support coalition Mipiggs, was "blatantly incorrect", the European partnership for energy and the environment (Epee) said yesterday.

Based on research by leading hydrocarbons producer Calor Gas, Mipiggs claims that F-gas firms are using their dominance of standardisation committees to ensure that revised safety standards for refrigeration and air conditioning systems effectively exclude use of flammable hydrocarbons (EED 08/05/02).

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