End of Life Vehicles and Air-Conditioning Refrigerant: Can Regulation Be Cost Effective?

Wimberger, Emily and Jeffrey Williams

from ARE Update Vol. 13, No. 4, Mar/Apr, 2010

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Abstract

Vehicles that are no longer driven contribute to air pollution. HFC-134a is a common refrigerant in vehicle air-conditioning systems and a greenhouse gas. Increased regulation pertaining to the removal of HFC-134a from End-of-Life Vehicles has been proposed as a means to reduce air pollution. We estimate the amount of HFC-134a that remains in vehicles that are no longer driven in California and find that increased regulation is not warranted.

Keywords

HFC-134a, automobile air-conditioning, refrigerants, disposal, regulation

Citation

Wimberger, Emily and Jeffrey Williams. "End of Life Vehicles and Air-Conditioning Refrigerant: Can Regulation Be Cost Effective?" ARE Update 13(4)(2010):9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2010/13/4/end-of-life-vehicles-and/