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Fiscal 2014 Key Activities

Social Contribution: Contributing to Environmental Protection. “Forests for the Air” Gets Employees Involved in Mitigating Climate Change.

Why is it Important?

About 10% of Greenhouse Gases Result from Deforestation

Climate change is causing increasing problems that include more frequent natural disasters and negative effects on food crops. There are also fears that it will have even more serious effects on humankind in future. With the dual aims of growing our business and helping solve the world’s environmental problems, Daikin has been introducing energy-efficient technologies and promoting the spread of the low global warming potential refrigerant HFC-32 as part of aggressive efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, a major cause of climate change.

Meanwhile, about 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are said to be as a result of deforestation in developing countries since the CO2 stored in these deforested areas is released into the atmosphere. That is why Daikin is going beyond our business activities to contribute to society through projects to protect the world’s forests.

Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by Source (as of 2010)

Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by Source (as of 2010)

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DAIKIN’S APPROACH

Sustainable Coexistence of “Nature’s Air Conditioners” and Community Members

Believing that forests are “nature’s air conditioners” for their ability to create a comfortable air environment, Daikin has been carrying out reforestation and forest protection activities since 2008 in Indonesia and since 2011 in Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan. Based on these activities, we launched the “Forests for the Air” project in June 2014 in collaboration with Conservation International, an international NGO, and the Shiretoko Nature Foundation in seven locations with rich nature but threatened by biodiversity loss.

Deforestation in developing countries is mainly due to human activities such as conversion of forest to cropland or firewood collection, and these human activities arise from the basic problem of poverty. Improving the situation requires more than just planting trees: it requires that we work with local communities to promote understanding of the value of forests, support sustainable farming so that people can make a living without cutting down trees, provide environmental education, stop illegal logging and poaching, work towards agreements to conduct these community-based activities, and train locals to eventually lead all these activities themselves. These activities will eventually lead to sustainable forest management.

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PERFORMANCE

Alternative Sources of Income Reduce Illegal Logging in Cambodia

In February 2015, an opening ceremony was held for Daikin’s conservation project in Cambodia. The Central Cardamom Forest in southwest Cambodia is a wilderness paradise and one of the largest remaining old-growth forests in Southeast Asia. However, the forest still faces threats such as illegal logging and poaching.

To solve this problem, Daikin has been supporting ecotourism to give local communities a new form of income. The idea is for locals to guide visitors through the forests, which are in fact tourist attractions, to create a source of income and incentive for forest protection.

We also support patrols by local community members, who act as rangers to prevent illegal activities. By cooperating in this government activity in a way that provides an income for themselves, the local people are motivated to take the initiative in protecting the forests.

Examples of Community Support to Protect Forests

Examples of Community Support to Protect Forests

Getting Employees Involved

Daikin is doing more than just providing NGOs with financial support. We are starting schemes at worldwide Daikin bases to get employees taking part in our “Forests for the Air” project.

In fiscal 2014, we asked Daikin employees in Japan to collect unused stationery from their homes. As a result, over 5,000 pencils were donated to children in Cambodia, enabling Daikin employees to support children’s education.

Daikin employees donated pencils to children in Cambodia

Daikin employees donated pencils to children in Cambodia

Daikin employees donated pencils to children in Cambodia

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NEXT CHALLENGE

Helping Mitigate Climate Change Through Long-Term Support

Our “Forests for the Air” project is aimed at preserving about 11 million hectares of forest and contributing to CO2 emission reductions of 7 million tons in seven locations over the next ten years.

In Japan, 93 employees have so far volunteered to assist with forest protection in Shiretoko.

Our overseas employees are also volunteering at the project sites and participating in donations to the projects, which provide opportunities for employees to raise their environmental awareness through participation. In this way we can foster a “green heart” philosophy under which our employees take action with a firm understanding of, and consideration for, the environment. In the process, we can become a corporate group whose business is integrally connected to the future of planet Earth.

Stakeholder's comment

Sustainable Forest Management Conserves Water Resources Used for Hydropower and Contributes to Poverty Reduction

The site of this project, the Central Cardamom Forest, contains a vast reservoir of water that is used to produce hydroelectric power to promote economic growth and raise local people’s standards of living.

We appreciate very much the support that will be provided over the 10-year life of this project that will improve not only the lives of the current generation, but those of future generations, as well. The project is recognized to be of global significance, also, because of its contributions to the United Nation's goals of eradicating poverty and famine, spreading education and ensuring environmental sustainability, and we are committed to making this project a success and a model for other regions to follow.

Dr. Chheng Kimsun Delegate of the Royal Government, Head of Forestry Administration, Cambodia

Dr. Chheng Kimsun Delegate of the Royal Government, Head of Forestry Administration, Cambodia

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