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Protecting Biodiversity

Protecting Biodiversity

Basic Policy of Protecting Biodiversity

Protect and Rejuvenate the Gifts of Nature

Human society is made possible thanks to the many blessings of biodiversity. For example, our rich forests provide us with oxygen through photosynthesis, they act as natural air conditioners by giving off water vapor that keeps atmospheric temperature from rising, and they act as air purifiers by removing pollutants from the atmosphere. As a company whose job it is to provide comfortable air environments, Daikin likes to call forests 'nature's air conditioners’. That's why we do all we can to protect biodiversity, both through our business and through environmental contribution activities.

The biggest impact, in the Daikin Group’s business activities, on biodiversity is the emission of greenhouse gases. We therefore strive to minimize greenhouse gas emissions in all stages of our business: development and design, production, and sales.

As for our environmental contribution activities, we focus on protecting and fostering the natural riches of forests, which we call ‘nature’s air conditioners.’ In the countries and regions in which we do business, we work with governments, residents groups, NGOs, and NPOs in efforts including the protection and rejuvenation of nature and the creation of new forests on our premises. We offer support to the employees who are conducting these activities, and we strive to provide information and education to the general public.

The ideas stated here form our Basic Philosophy on Protecting Biodiversity, which we established in September 2010.

Basic Policy of Protecting Biodiversity

We act for the sake of abundant greenery and fresh air.

Thinking Behind Our Basic Philosophy (established September 2010)

Our society is built upon the many blessing that nature gives us. The source of these blessings is biodiversity. The loss of this biodiversity would hurt our water, food, and other aspects of our life.

Daikin's business also has a major effect on biodiversity through our contribution to global warming.

To contribute to a sustainable society, we strive to reduce our contribution to global warming throughout our business activities, and to maintain balance in ecosystems so that we can help bring back the abundance of the natural world.

Main Efforts

In Business

  • Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions throughout Our Business Activities
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout our entire business activities, including product development and production, transportation, sales, service, and the supply chain.

Outside of Business

Protection and Rejuvenation of the Blessings of Nature

  1. In the countries and regions in which we do business, we work with governments, residents groups, NGOs, and NPOs in efforts including the protection and rejuvenation of nature.
  2. We create new forests on our premises.
  3. We support employees in their volunteer work.
  4. We provide the public with information and education.
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Efforts in Nature Preservation Areas

“Forests for the Air” Project Underway in 7 Locations Worldwide

As a social contribution project to celebrate its 90th anniversary, in June 2014 Daikin Industries, Ltd. kicked off its 10-year “Forests for the Air” project. Together with NGO Conventional International and the Shiretoko Nature Foundation, the project is expanding on previous reforestation and forest protection activities in seven locations around the world. The aim is to contribute to forest protection in cooperation with locals whose lives are intertwined with these forests.

Daikin Supports Environmental Protection on the Shiretoko Peninsula

Employees erect a fence to keep out Sika deerEmployees erect a fence to keep out Sika deer

In July 2011, Daikin Industries, Ltd., the Shiretoko Nature Foundation, and the towns of Shari and Rausu signed an agreement to protect the wilderness of the Shiretoko Peninsula, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. In 2016, the parties signed an agreement for the second phase of this effort as part of Daikin’s “Forests for the Air” project, under which Daikin will provide financial support and send volunteers for a period lasting until the end of March 2024. By contributing to reforestation and environmental protection, and by helping ensure that the human and bear populations live in harmony, we are striving to preserve the forests of Shiretoko for future generations.

In fiscal 2015, a cumulative total of 23 employees volunteered during May and September, completing 1,200 meters of a deer fence along the Iwaobetsu River to prevent Sika deer from eating seedlings.

Wild animals in Shiretoko

Brown bearsBrown bears

Yezo deerYezo deer

Steller's sea eagleSteller's sea eagle

TroutTrout

Dilapidated riparian forest (Iwaobetsu River Basin, Hokkaido)

Dilapidated riparian forest (Iwaobetsu River Basin, Hokkaido)

Working on Reforestation in Indonesia

The seedlings planted have grown into treesThe seedlings planted have grown into trees
(c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario

Since June 2008, Daikin Industries, Ltd. has been working with international NGO Conservation International (CI) on a reforestation project in Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park in Java Island to rejuvenate the forest and its ecosystems. This is part of Daikin’s “Forests for the Air” project.

This national park is covered with valuable tropical forests that are home to many unique species designated as endangered. But in the last several decades, it has suffered serious damage as land is cleared for agriculture and people cut down trees to support their lifestyle. The aim of this project is to protect the remaining forest by planting local species of trees, supporting farming that utilizes the replanted areas (agroforestry), and providing residents with environmental education. These efforts have so far contributed to the rejuvenation of forests that benefit both people and the environment.

In the seven years up to June 2015, about 150,000 trees (local species) were planted on about 300 hectares with the help of 644 local farmers and 20 national park rangers. With this forest now protected under a moratorium period, Daikin Industries, Ltd. and CI have joined in a 10-year project under which the parties will continue managing the reforested areas while at the same time working to ensure that local communities can coexist sustainably with their forests.

This reforestation project in Indonesia has been carried out with the support of users of Daikin products.

 

Preparing cucumbers grown in the planted forest to be sold in the market

fresh-water fish aquaculture

Helping create a livelihood for local farmers:
(Left) Preparing cucumbers grown in the planted forest to be sold in the market; (Right) fresh-water fish aquaculture
(c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario

The reforestation project in Indonesia is a joint effort between Daikin and customers who use its products

The reforestation project in Indonesia is a joint effort between Daikin and customers who use its products

The board shows the names of Daikin customers who support reforestationThe board shows the names of Daikin customers who support reforestation

The reforestation project allows Daikin customers to contribute to reforestation while they enjoy operating their air conditioners in an energy efficient way.

Each time a customer in Japan pushes the “Comfortable eco operation” button on the remote control of Daikin’s Urusara (R-Series) residential air conditioner, an illustration of a tree on the remote control’s screen grows a little bigger. When the tree becomes full grown (when 10 points are accumulated), the customer’s name is listed as one of the supporters at a site of a reforestation project. In fiscal 2015, 266 customers were registered as project supporters.

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Projects in Surrounding Neighborhoods

Rejuvenating Community Forests in Osaka Prefecture

Izuhara Adopt a Forest signing ceremonyIzuhara Adopt a Forest signing ceremony

Forest preservation activity in IzuharaForest preservation activity in Izuhara

Daikin strives to protect forests near its bases. One of these efforts is an agreement between Daikin, Osaka Prefecture, Takatsuki City, and forest owners to protect a community forest area. The agreement was signed at a ceremony in May 2012 at the Osaka Prefectural office. Under the agreement, the prefectural government uses the "Adopt a Forest" system to mediate companies' purchases from private land owners so that forest land is preserved.

This agreement covers the Harashiroyama forest in Takatsuki City, which traditionally was used to harvest bamboo, and to obtain wood for firewood and making charcoal. In recent years though, there are not enough people to manage it and so it has fallen into disrepair due to problems that include overgrowth of bamboo. To return the bamboo forests back to productivity, Daikin is working with local residents to thin out the woods and rejuvenate this local forest.

Daikin employees can also go to Harashiroyama anytime they wish to work up a sweat and contribute to the rejuvenation of community forests. In fiscal 2015, a cumulative total of 118 employees and their family members volunteered.

With these activities in Harashiroyama now well established, efforts are underway to expand the community forest initiative beyond the protection of bamboo trees. To this end, the Izuhara Adopt a Forest agreement in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture was signed in March 2016 and forest preservation has begun. This program will run until March 2020 with the goal of returning the neglected coppice forest to its rich, natural ecosystem.

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Efforts at Bases

Daikin Ales Aoya Training Center Works to Protect and Rejuvenate Natural Forests on Coastal Dunes and Beaches

Daikin Ales Aoya in Tottori Prefecture, Japan is a center for the training of employees who will be active on the world stage.

The facility is located at Idegahama, a beach known for its 'whistling sand'. The area is home to a typical coastal vegetation ecosystem: starting from the beach, one can see annual grass give way to perennial grass, and short trees gradually give way to taller trees. However, this coastal vegetation has been rapidly disappearing in the last decade or two.

When Daikin Industries, Ltd. built this facility here, it began to not just protect these rare beaches and dunes, but also bring back the nature that had been lost so that this coastal ecosystem could once again return to its natural state. We began by surveying the region's vegetation to get a detailed understanding of the geography. Based on this, we made a proposal to plant vegetation. After implementation, we had advice from experts in the monitoring and fostering of the vegetation.

Daikin Ales Aoya also acts as a multi-purpose training facility where employees can raise their environmental awareness through courses such as seedling-planting during new employee training.

We also provide opportunities for local residents to utilize Daikin Ales Aoya. In May 2015, it was used by the Open University of Japan for a field work course on protecting and revitalizing natural environments. In June, it was used by Tottori University as a testing ground for a garden management practicum in which students conducted field work in protecting coastal vegetation and planting trees in coastal areas. We also held a sand dune vegetation management event at Daikin Ales Aoya, where we presented our coastal vegetation protection activities and had local residents help us carry out some of the actual work.

Outside Honors for Daikin Ales Aoya

October 2010 Selected for inclusion in the list of 100 top companies contributing to biodiversity, sponsored by the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Architecture
December 2011 Given Excellent Stage 2 ranking (equivalent to the middle of a 5-stage assessment system) under the Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System (SEGES) of the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure
Fiscal 2013 Given the Green Society Contribution Award and the Green Cities Award Encouragement Prize from the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure
December 2014 Given Excellent Stage 3 ranking (equivalent to second highest level of a 5-stage assessment system) under the Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System (SEGES) of the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure. This is one level higher than it earned under SEGES in 2011

Bird's-eye view of Daikin Ales AoyaBird's-eye view of Daikin Ales Aoya

Monitoring vegetationMonitoring vegetation

To restore coastal forests, a fence was constructed to protect the seedlings from salt air and sandTo restore coastal forests, a fence was constructed to protect the seedlings from salt air and sand

Certificate for the Green Cities Award Encouragement Prize
Certificate for the Green Cities Award Encouragement Prize

Certificate showing that Daikin is one of 100 top companies contributing to biodiversityCertificate showing that Daikin is one of 100 top companies contributing to biodiversity

Mark of certification for the SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System)Mark of certification for the SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System)

Species on the endangered lists of Tottori Prefecture and the national government

BeachwortBeachwort

Siberian sea rosemary  Siberian sea rosemary

Scutellaria strigillosa  Scutellaria strigillosa

Heteropappus hispidus Heteropappus hispidus

These species are effective at resisting invasive species and are important to protecting beach vegetation

Shiga Plant Rejuvenates a Community Forest for Coexistence Between People and Nature

The Shiga Plant of Daikin Industries, Ltd. began work to rejuvenate a community forest on its premises in fiscal 2012.

The project area was named the Daikin Shiga Forest and it was decided to use fireflies as a way to assess the effectiveness of the rejuvenation efforts. Employees assisted in creating an environment where these fireflies could live. For example, creeks were repaired and greenery was planted along them, and trees were planted in the forest. In addition, seeds from plants in a nearby community forest were planted in the homes of Daikin employees, and the seedlings that grew from these seeds were planted in the employees’ homes’ gardens. This boosts awareness of biodiversity among employees.

Creating Biotopes at Daikin Worldwide Factories

Daikin production bases around the world are creating biotopes on site where employees and their families are planting trees and other vegetation.

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