FETA (The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations Ltd) has issued a statement in reaction to the European Parliament's 'Environment Committee (ENVI)' vote this week to amend legislation on banning HFC refrigerants in air conditioning equipment by 2020 and described it as 'A Dark Day for Democracy in Europe'.
The loophole, according to FETA, has enabled the ENVI committee to bypass their standard procedure which allows MEPs to debate amendments openly in a plenary session, thereby by opening up the opportunity for them to "horse trade with member states behind closed doors".
The expectation is that other countries will follow Europe's lead with this "severe European agreement to hase down HFCs". However, FETA believes this is "ill-advised".
Cedric Sloan, the Director General of FETA stated,
"It is the owners, operators and users of HFC based RAC equipment across Europe who will once more pay the price of this political folly."