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Dialogue with Government and
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Daikin Cooperates in Formation of Environmental Policy

Daikin Calls on All Concerned Parties to Participate in Selection of Next-Generation Refrigerants

As it does business in countries around the world, the Daikin Group ties up and cooperates with national and local governments and industry groups to come up with proposals and to call on all parties concerned for the betterment of society.

Particularly in the area of selecting and enacting the use of next-generation refrigerants, we are participating in international conferences, seminars, academic conferences, and exhibitions and working closely with representatives of industry groups, UN organs, and environmental ministries of governments, discussing regulations, standards, and refrigerant trends and efforts to phase out certain refrigerants, and providing as much information as possible to help countries choose the new refrigerants that are best for them.

We plan to continue sharing information on refrigerant technology with the relevant people around the world.

Daikin Joins Projects by Japanese Government and International Organizations

Daikin took part in a project in Thailand, which ran from 2015 to March 2017, to convert HCFCs to HFC-32. This project was carried out as part of support for emerging countries by the Multilateral Fund under the Montreal Protocol. This was the first successful case study of HCFC phase-out in emerging countries and has been praised by the Montreal Protocol. In Thailand, while contributing to the HCFC phase-out, Daikin has made significant contributions to reducing the impact of global warming by introducing a refrigerant with lower GWP .

In fiscal 2016, Daikin and other companies carried out a feasibility study project for the purpose of disseminating energy-efficient air conditioners. It also created a scheme for refrigerant recovery, recycling, and destruction in Sri Lanka. The project is part of efforts to support emerging countries by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.

Under the survey covering 40 factories in 13 industrial parks in Sri Lanka, information was gathered on air conditioner electricity consumption and refrigerants, and hearings were held on progress of refrigerant recovery, recycling and destruction. The results were shared at a workshop held in conjunction with the Sri Lankan government, where more than 70 participants representing government, academic societies, and industry learned more about efforts to disseminate energy-efficient products and recover, recycle, and destroy refrigerants. Based on the results of the survey, the intention is to calculate the possibilities for CO2 emission reductions in Sri Lanka through the use of energy-efficient commercial air conditioners using the low-GWP-refrigerant, HFC-32, and come up with policy recommendations for spreading the use of energy-efficient air conditioners in Sri Lanka and thus contribute to a recycling-based society.

In fiscal 2016, a Daikin project proposal to disseminate environmentally conscious, high-efficiency air conditioners in Mexico was selected by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a Public Private Partnership program. Mexico has targeted a 22% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Under its project, Daikin is to conduct a demonstration test of high-efficiency air conditioners using the HFC-32 refrigerant, and subsequently quantify the effects of using these products. We also shared our knowledge on making energy-efficiency-related policy with the Mexican government with the aim of creating a market for energy-efficient products and services.


Environmental Forums and Exhibits

Worldwide Air Conditioner Forums, “Konwakai,” Discuss the Future of Air Conditioning

Since 1995, the Daikin Group has been holding Air Conditioner Forums in Japan to exchange opinions with experts on the future of air conditioning. With the rapid globalization of our business, since fiscal 2007 these forums have spread worldwide: to Europe, China, the U.S., Asia and Oceania, and Latin America. At each Konwakai, we exchange ideas and opinions on environment and energy with local experts, and the information we gather is reflected in the development of technologies and products, and in how we pursue business.

In fiscal 2016, we held Air Conditioner Forums at which discussions focused on topics such as energy efficiency in buildings and indoor air quality in Asia and Oceania, and Europe. We also held our first Air Conditioner Forums in Latin America, where the theme was progress in energy-efficient and environmental technologies with the goal of creating a sustainable society. At the Air Conditioner Forums, we introduced Daikin’s technologies and efforts aimed at achieving this goal, and we exchanged opinions and ideas with participants who included officials of various governments and university professors.

Besides our participation so far in international conferences of groups such as the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), we took part in the International Sorption Heat Pump Conference (ISHPC 2017) in August 2017 in Tokyo, and we will take part in the 9th Asian Conference on Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (ACRA 2018) in June 2018 in Sapporo.

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Fiscal 2015 Air Conditioner Forums

Region Date Main discussion topics Invited guests
North America Jun. 2016, Jan. 2017
  • Impact of U.S. targets regarding climate change and energy efficiency on air conditioning industry, future of commercial air conditioning market, utilization of HVAC to achieve energy-efficiency targets
Total of 44 from 4 countries; university professors, specialists, etc.
Europe Feb. 2017
  • Daikin’s role, and significance in standardizing—and thus expanding innovation via—building energy performance evaluation programs and in-room air quality programs, which affect consumer air conditioner choices
Total of 18 from 10 countries; university professors, specialists, etc.
Asia, Oceania Feb. 2017
  • Recent trends and efforts regarding green building and in-room air quality improvement, efforts to take on environmental challenges of refrigerants
Total of 22 from 11 countries; university professors, specialists, etc.
Japan Jun., Nov. 2016
  • Introduction of a METI report on the leading role that technologies such a IoT, big data, and AI will play in the fourth industrial revolution, the smart society and big data, Daikin’s participation in a smart communities project in Manchester, U.K..
Total of 23; university professors, specialists, etc.

Active Information Exchange with NPOs and NGOs

We take every possible opportunity to exchange opinions with a range of environmental NPOs and NGOs.

The Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) is an American NGO working toward measures to deal with climate change and support sustainable development. IGSD has launched a joint project with the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an external body of India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), aimed at disseminating affordable, energy-efficient air conditioners in India. Daikin Airconditioning India Pvt. Ltd. participated in this project as a technology provider and has proclaimed that it will provide the country with such affordable, energy-efficient air conditioners. In addition, Daikin and IGSD met to exchange opinions on our offer of worldwide free access to patents for equipment using the next-generation refrigerant HFC-32.

Participating in CSR-Related Groups and Collaborating with Other Companies

The Daikin Group takes part whenever possible in the activities of various CSR-related groups under the auspices of, for example, the United Nations and the Japanese government. Besides discussions and information exchange with these groups on CSR philosophy and actions, we also collaborate with other private companies in order to step up our CSR activities and improve the content of our efforts.

In fiscal 2016, we took part in the Global Compact Network Japan’s subcommittees on stakeholder engagement, SRI (socially responsible investing)/ESG (environmental, social, governance), supply chain, reporting, and a Kansai regional subcommittee, as well as in a CSR and compliance research conference and the Eco-First Promotion Conference.


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