Car Air Conditioning Refrigerants

There are two refrigerants used in car air conditioning systems; R1234yf and R134a.

Climalife is a key player in the distribution of refrigerants for the automotive industry and stocks both R1234yf (SolsticeTM yf) and R134a refrigerants.

Why R1234yf?

R1234yf meets the EU MAC Directive requirement to use a refrigerant gas with a GWP of less than 150 in new vehicles.

How is the EU MAC Directive relevant to R1234yf?

The EU Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) Directive of 2006 aimed to introduce measures that limited
emissions of certain greenhouse gases from car air conditioning and reduce their impact on climate
change. From 2011, it stated that all new vehicle types had to be built using a refrigerant gas with a
GWP (Global Warming Potential) value below 150. From 2017 this ruling had to be rolled out across
all new vehicles. GWP is a measurement used to measure the potential impact of the gas if it is
released to the atmosphere.

R1234yf is the refrigerant that meets the EU MAC Directive requirement with a GWP of less than 1.
R1234yf is used in every single new car manufactured for the EU market from 2017.

Can I still use R134a?

Yes. R134a is a refrigerant that is still used in older vehicles and those vehicle models that weren’t updated any time before 2017. There is still a need for R134a refrigerant when top ups or re-gassing is required, as R1234yf is not a retrofit option for these vehicles.

Why choose Climalife for Car Air Conditioning refrigerant gas?

Climalife is a key player in the distribution of low GWP refrigerants such as R1234yf and is already a recognised long term supplier of R134a to the automotive industry. Climalife has R1234yf readily available in 5kg or 11kg cylinders and continue to supply R134a. Climalife supply car air conditioning refrigerants via its nationwide distribution partners. Contact us for more details on 0117 980 2520.



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