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Reducing Greenhouse Gases during
Production and Transportation

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Reducing Overall Group Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Target Reached: 70% Reduction Compared to Fiscal 2005

The Daikin Group emits two kinds of greenhouse gases during production processes: CO2 from energy use, and fluorocarbons. Of these, there are four kinds of fluorocarbons released during Daikin's production processes: HFC and PFC, which are covered by the Kyoto Protocol, and CFC and HCFC, which are not. We have set reduction targets for each of these fluorocarbons.

Starting in fiscal 2016, we revised the calculation method, which includes companies that joined the Daikin Group after 2010. With an eye to reducing fiscal 2025 CO2 emissions by 75% against fiscal 2005, we have set a target of reducing fiscal 2020 CO2 emissions by 70% against fiscal 2005.

Daikin America Inc. is moving ahead with replacing and recovering fluorocarbons and in fiscal 2016 it had greenhouse gas emissions of 1.57 million t-CO2 (down 70% over fiscal 2005).

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (during production)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (during production)

* BAU (Business as usual). Estimated value in the case measures are not taken, as of 2016.

Note: Because the scope of calculations and the calculation method were revised in formulating the 2020 Environmental Action Plan, the past fiscal year values were retroactively corrected.
The results for the past five years of the old scope of calculations and the calculation method are here

Terminology

Greenhouse Gases

A major cause of global warming, greenhouse gases designated at the 1997 3rd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto are CO2, methane, N2O, and three fluorocarbon alternatives (HFC, PFC, and SF-6).

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Reducing Energy-Induced CO2

CO2 Emissions per Production Unit Dropped by 7% Against Fiscal 2005

Since fiscal 2016, we have been stepping up energy-efficiency efforts with the target of achieving a fiscal 2020 reduction in CO2 emissions per production unit of 5% against the standard value (average for fiscal 2013 to 2015).

In fiscal 2016, CO2 emissions per production unit dropped 7% against the standard value. In fiscal 2016, the Air Conditioning Manufacturing Division of the Sakai Plant continued the introduction of a mobile app for viewing energy usage in the factory. Environmental practice halls were also set up to help raise employee’s awareness at Daikin sites around the world.

We also received certification for the ISO 50001 international standard for energy management at our Shiga Plant in Japan, and at Daikin Europe N.V. and Daikin Industries Czech Republic s.r.o.

Total Energy-Induced CO2 Emissions, CO2 Emissions per Unit of Production

Total Energy-Induced CO2 Emissions, CO2 Emissions per Unit of Production

Note: Because the scope of calculations and the calculation method were revised in formulating the 2020 Environmental Action Plan, the past fiscal year values were retroactively corrected.
The results for the past five years of the old scope of calculations and the calculation method are here

Terminology

CO2 emissions per production output

The amount of CO2 emitted by the amount of production. The lower this figure, the less CO2 a company emits per unit of production and thus the more efficiently that company can make products.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions during Transportation

CO2 Emissions Reduced by 10.7% Over Fiscal 2010

Daikin Industries, Ltd. set a goal of decreasing CO2 emissions (per sales) from transportation by 10% in fiscal 2015 compared to fiscal 2010 by switching from trucks to trains and ferries. We also increased the use of direct shipping from overseas production sites to Japan to ensure the shortest possible transportation route.

In fiscal 2016, we shifted to transporting PA indoor units, whose production had been moved from the Kanaoka Plant to the Shiga Plant, directly from the plant to our distribution center. As a result, we increased the direct shipment ratio* from 35% to 80%, thus reducing CO2 emissions during transport by 1% over the previous year. We will continue to strive to raise the direct shipment ratio with the aim of making it 100%. The rate of shifting modes of transportation in fiscal 2015 was 27%, the same as in fiscal 2014.

Our target for fiscal 2020 is to reduce CO2 emissions (per sales) by 5% against fiscal 2016.

* The percentage of goods that are not moved to an external warehouse of the factory in question.

CO2 Emissions per Sales from Transportation (Japan)

CO2 Emissions per Sales from Transportation (Japan)

Reducing Other Environmental Impact during Transportation

  • A major effort in 2016 was to solve the problems of a shortage of drivers by reducing the truck waiting times and loading times and thus the amount of work hours.
  • We rearranged the layout in warehouses to shorten the distance forklifts need to be moved. Through ongoing efforts such as altering the workplace to improve things like work efficiency, we achieved shorter work hours.
  • At manufacturing bases in Japan, we have replaced gasoline-powered forklifts for logistics with electric models.
  • All vehicles driving at manufacturing bases turn off their engines when not moving to reduce exhaust fumes. We are also having our transport partners turn off their engines.
  • We are reducing CO2 emissions through improved transportation efficiency and decreased packaging volume, and reducing electricity consumption through shorter working hours.
  • To improve work effectiveness both in Japan and overseas, we continuously revise the warehouse layout to boost work efficiency and thus shorten the time on each task.
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Using Renewable Energy

Using More Solar, Wind, and Hydro Power

Solar power generation system has panels that move to track the sun’s positionSolar power generation system has panels that move to track the sun’s position

The Daikin Group is working to expand the use of renewable energy such as solar, wind, and hydro power.

An example is in Europe, where governments using EU regulations on renewable energy like solar, wind, and hydro, are aiming to have renewable energy account for 20% of the energy mix by 2020. Daikin Europe N.V. has since fiscal 2007 been switching its factory and office power to hydro, and today 100% of the approximately 13 million kWh is covered by hydropower. This has eliminated the CO2 previously emitted from purchased electricity, and so the company has reduced the previous 5,000 tons-CO2 per year, or a total of approximately 1,660 tons-CO2.

In fiscal 2015, we installed tracking solar panels on the Technology and Innovation Center, which helped the solar power system generate 330,000kwh a year, which translates to CO2 emission reductions of approximately 127 t-CO2.

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Green Building Certification

Overseas Bases Certified for Energy-Efficient Buildings

At our bases around the world, we are aggressively working towards green building approval, which certifies buildings that are designed, built, and operated in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

In July 2016, the Technology and Innovation Center earned LEED® Platinum certification. It has also earned the highest certification (S class) in CASBEE (Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency), a highly recognized system in Japan for the comprehensive assessment of the environmental performance of buildings, districts, and cities. CASBEE was created by the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation (IBEC).

At Daikin Australia, the company’s head office buildings were again among just a handful of facilities to receive a rating of 5 stars in NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) ratings.

In addition, 19 buildings that have VRV multi-split type air conditioners and systems installed earned LEED® Platinum certification, showing that Daikin is contributing to the worldwide certification of green buildings.

CASBEE building assessment certification (for the Technology and Innovation Center of Daikin Industries, Ltd.)CASBEE building assessment certification (for the Technology and Innovation Center of Daikin Industries, Ltd.)

Certificate of LEED® Platinum certification for the Technology and Innovation CenterCertificate of LEED® Platinum certification for the Technology and Innovation Center

Certificate of NABERS certification (Daikin Australia Pty. Ltd.)Certificate of NABERS certification (Daikin Australia Pty. Ltd.)

The Applied Development Center of Daikin Applied Americas Inc. in Minnesota earned LEED® Gold certificationThe Applied Development Center of Daikin Applied Americas Inc. in Minnesota earned LEED® Gold certification

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