Once a year, the Daikin Group in Japan has company-wide environmental auditing teams conduct audits to check for legal compliance and ensure there are no environmental risks.
We have systems in place that allow us to minimize environmental damage if there should be an accident or calamity at the production site of Daikin or a subsidiary.
We also maintain close relations with neighborhood associations through factory tours and other activities so that we can have a joint system of emergency measures with local communities.
Disaster prevention drill (Yodogawa Plant)
We have systems in place that allow us to minimize environmental damage if there should be an accident or calamity at Daikin production sites around the world. The Chemicals Division and machinery divisions created the Disaster Prevention Manual, which details how to deal with emergencies like chemical and oil leaks and spills. The manual is the basis for regular emergency drills.
In fiscal 2011, we strengthened measures to prepare for earthquakes at bases in Japan, and we held disaster drills to practice what to do in case of an earthquake or tsunami. At the Yodogawa Plant, which manufactures fluorochemical products and oil hydraulics products, we reinforced measures in order to be ready for a magnitude 6 earthquake and subsequent two-meter tsunami two hours later. We also created a hazard map with provisions for the emergency shut-down of the plant before the arrival of the tsunami and methods for handling dangerous chemicals. An evacuation drill involving 2,000 employees was also conducted.
Daikin's overseas bases also carry out regular drills that simulate a range of emergency situations.
Daikin Fluoro Coatings (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. holds drill in preventing chemical leaks
Daikin Industries (Thailand) Ltd. holds a disaster prevention drill
Daikin Motor (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. holds drill in dealing with oil leaks
We place the utmost priority on ensuring the safety of residents living near our plants. Particularly with regards to facilities like our Yodogawa Plant, which is located in a residential area, we use risk assessment to eliminate as much risk as possible.
We also strive to keep the public informed and communicate with government organs based on the principles of responsible care*.
In recent years, we have conducted regular exchanges with the public through neighborhood community association gatherings and plant tours, and we are working to establish systems of communication with these bodies so that both Daikin and the surrounding communities are prepared for emergencies.
* Responsible care: An initiative by the chemical industry in which companies strive to improve their environmental, safety and health performance in all stages from development and production to distribution, use, and final consumption of chemicals. It also covers disclosure of the results of these efforts in order to keep the public informed.
The Daikin Group is working towards its target of totally eliminating the use of PFOA (a fluorine compound that persists indefinitely in the environment) by 2012. PFOA is used in the production of fluorochemical products and is present in minute quantities in some products.
The Daikin Group controls air and water pollution, as well as noise and vibration, using voluntary standards that are stricter than national and local government standards. We regularly measure our various environmental impacts and work to either prevent or decrease them.
Monitored environmental data for Daikin Industries' four manufacturing bases is on the Daikin Web site.
In 2000, the concentration of organic chlorine-based compounds in groundwater at the Kashima Plant was found to exceed environmental standards. We therefore removed and cleaned the contaminated soil, pumped out and cleaned the groundwater, and took precautions to prevent pollution from spreading to outside the plant and to remediate all types of pollution.
Thanks to continuous cleaning of the groundwater, the concentration of pollutants decreased. We will continue these cleanup efforts to bring the levels down to within environmental standard values.
Daikin abides by national laws in properly managing equipment containing PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). We have already begun disposing of some of this equipment through early registration with the Japan Environmental Safety Corporation (JESCO) and based on a JESCO PCB disposal plan.
In fiscal 2009, the Sakai Plant completed disposal of all of its condensers (two only). In fiscal 2011, the Shiga Plant disposed of three of its five condensers. Because JESCO does not yet have a disposal plan for ballasts, the remaining two will be disposed of sometime after fiscal 2013.
Daikin's Storage of PCBs
|Plants and products stored||Items disposed of (item and cost*1)||Disposal plan (cost is approximated)|
|FY2009||FY2010||FY2011||FY2012||FY2013 and on|
126 fluorescent ballasts
(approx. 1.8 million yen)
(approx. 5 million yen)
36 liters of additional insulating oil
(1.16 million yen)
36 liters of insulating oil
(approx. 17 million yen),
(approx. 16 million yen),
(approx. 15 million yen)
*1 Cost is approximated, includes costs to recover, transport, and dispose of PCBs.
*2 In fiscal 2010, PCB was found to be contained in minute quantities.