End of Life Vehicles and Air-Conditioning Refrigerant: Can Regulation Be Cost Effective?
Wimberger, Emily and Jeffrey Williams
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.
HFC-134a, automobile air-conditioning, refrigerants, disposal, regulation
Wimberger, Emily and Jeffrey Williams. 2010. "End of Life Vehicles and Air-Conditioning Refrigerant: Can Regulation Be Cost Effective?" ARE Update 13(4): 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.