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Dialogue with Government and
Industry Groups

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 participated in emerging countries support program sponsored by various bodies such as Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under which we hosted trainees from emerging countries and provided manufacturers and sales companies in these countries with technical support.

METI had Daikin carry out a survey, under the Global Warming Mitigation Technology Promotion Project, aimed at finding ways to spread the use of air conditioners using HFC-32 in combination with inverter technology in India. The survey showed that adoption of HFC-32 and inverter technology could result in CO2 reductions of up to 17.45 million tons-CO2 in 2020.

Daikin is also taking part in a project to switch to HFC-32 in Thailand, where METI is offering bilateral financial aid as part of support for developing countries under the Montreal Protocol, and in a United Nations-led project to switch refrigerants in the Gulf nations.

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Environmental Forums and Exhibits

Exchanging Opinions with Experts on Key Issues at Air Conditioner Forum

Since 1995, the Daikin Group has held forums in Japan where Daikin and noted names in air conditioning and design exchange opinions on the future of air conditioning. With Daikin's rapid business expansion worldwide, since fiscal 2007 we have extended these forums to Europe, China, North America, Asia, and Oceania, exchanging opinions on topics such as the environment and energy with the most well known experts in these regions and gaining valuable insights that we have been applying to our technological and product developments and to our business.

In fiscal 2015, a forum in Mexico focused on energy-efficient technologies and next-generation refrigerants, and forums in Europe got participants excited about the possibilities for Daikin’s Technology and Innovation Center.

Daikin took part in the 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration (ICR2015) in August 2015, the first time the ICR was held in Japan, where the company provided information in areas such a refrigerants and energy efficiency. Daikin was also a sponsor and took part in the planning, preparation, and running of the event, sitting on the ICR executive committee as a member of the Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (JSRAE).

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 will take part in the International Sorption Heat Pump Conference (ISHPC 2017) in 2017 in Tokyo and the 9th Asian Conference on Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (ACRA 2018) in 2018 in Sapporo.

Air conditioner forum in North AmericaAir conditioner forum in North America

Daikin displays air conditioners using next-generation refrigerants at trade shows around the worldDaikin displays air conditioners using next-generation refrigerants at trade shows around the world

Fiscal 2015 Air Conditioner Forums

Region Date Main discussion topics Invited guests
North America May 2015
  • Latest trends in U.S. air conditioning industry, role of smart air conditioning
19 participants (university professors, specialists, etc.)
Europe January 2016
  • Technology and Innovation Center: facilities, concepts, initiatives
19 participants from 10 countries including university professors, specialists
Asia, Oceania March 2016
  • Sustainable initiatives in green building, IAQ (indoor air quality) improvement initiatives
22 participants from 10 countries including university professors, specialists
Japan June, December 2015
  • Technology and Innovation Center’s nZEB initiatives, lecture from invited instructor on smart society and using big data, introduction to Manchester Project
21 participants including university professors, specialists

Active Information Exchange with NPOs and NGOs

We exchange opinions whenever possible with NPOs and NGOs involved in the environment and other issues, and the information we obtain goes into managing Daikin better. In September 2015, we met with the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) to exchange opinions on our offer of worldwide free access to 93patents for equipment using the next-generation refrigerant HFC-32. The IGSD is an American NGO that works to support the development of sustainable technologies that contribute to solving problems such as climate change. IGSD President Durwood Zaelke said that Daikin’s forward-looking initiatives contribute to alleviating the effects on climate change and constitute a model case for other companies hoping to be environmentally advanced corporations.

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 2015, 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, the Eco-First Promotion Conference, and the World Green Building Council.

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