Defunct cars were still pumping out greenhouse gases
The Civil Guard has investigated 68 people linked to 30 companies throughout Spain for the emission into the atmosphere of refrigerant gas in the inadequate management of vehicles at the end of their useful life.
The investigation, in the context of the actions of the Coordinating Office of the Environment and Urban Planning, has focused on the commu-nities of Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country.
“Air conditioning systems in motor vehicles use cooling fluids to reduce the temperature of the interior passenger compartment. These substances, depending on their type and composition, can be harmful and contribute to climate warming,” a police spokesman explained.
The investigation focused on monitoring the activity of vehicle treatment centres which deal with defunct cars which were said to have close to zero kilograms of gas but were still pumping out emissions into the atmosphere.
“Vehicles at the end of their useful life contain a significant amount of contaminants and hazardous waste that must be properly managed. In the case of coolant circuit fluids, their incorrect management would entail the emission of green-house gases into the atmos-phere,” said the spokesman.