Since 1995, Daikin has been holding Air Conditioner Forums (Konwakai) in Japan to exchange opinions with experts on the future of air conditioning.
Since fiscal 2007 these Konwakai have spread worldwide: to Europe, China, the U.S., Asia/Oceania, and Latin America. At each Konwakai, we exchange ideas and opinions on environment and energy with local experts, and the information we gather is reflected in the development of technologies and products, and in how we pursue business. In fiscal 2019, we held Air Conditioner Forums (Konwakai) six times in the five global regions, with 125 participants from 31 countries.
The Konwakai for Europe was held in conjunction with the Konwakai for Japan at Daikin Ales Aoya Global Training Center in Tottori. The former director of the EU Commission was invited as a special guest to the event where Environmental Vision 2050 was introduced and active discussion was held on how to implement initiatives for decarbonization from a long term perspective.
The fiscal 2019 forum for Latin America was held in Brazil, the largest South American market, for the first time. The meeting involved discussion on the theme of air conditioning solutions for realizing a sustainable society with 24 experts representing governments of Brazil and Japan and international organizations.
|Region||Main discussion topics||Meeting||Invited guests (university professors, experts, etc.)|
|Date||Location||No. of countries||People|
|Asia/ Oceania||Green buildings, energy management, IEQ, Daikin's policy on the environmental impact of refrigerants||April 2019||Singapore||8||25|
|Latin America||Issues of increasing energy demand, addressing the solution of environmental issues and realizing a carbon neutral society||January 2020||San Paolo (Brazil)||6||24|
|Japan||Solar radiation and buildings, urban environment, our Environmental Vision 2050, architectural trend in Japan and Europe||May, October 2019||Tokyo, Tottori (Ales Aoya)||1||28|
|North America||Energy and electricity efficient buildings, initiatives for decarbonization, achieving and accelerating switch to low GWP refrigerants||August 2019||California||3||25|
|Europe||Europe F-gas Regulation and refrigerant, European environmental policies, our Environmental Vision 2050, architectural trend in Japan and Europe, TIC tour||October 2019||Tottori (Ales Aoya)||13||23|
We take every possible opportunity to exchange opinions with a range of international organizations and NPOs and NGOs on topics such as the environment and energy.
In fiscal 2019, we invited council members of Asian descent from the U.S.-Japan Council to the TIC in Japan where we showcased our advanced technological initiatives and held discussions on environmental technology for air-conditioners, including low global warming potential R-32 and inverters.
We are looking to increase the frequency of such information exchanges as we study the direction that Daikin's environmental actions should take.
Daikin actively participates in a number of initiatives. We hold discussions and exchange information on our approach to CSR and initiatives as well as strive to enhance activities and improve initiatives while working closely with other companies.
UN Global Compact
We have participated in the UN Global Compact for sustainable growth since 2008. The Global Compact requires participating companies from around the world to support and implement the 10 principles covering the four areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
In May 2019, we stated our endorsement of the recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) in order to promote the disclosure of business risks and opportunities attributed to climate change.
Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)
The Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) is a network for increasing information dissemination and discussions among companies, local governments, and NGOs actively engaged in climate change countermeasures.
We have participated in JCI since September 2020.
Keidanren's Challenge Zero
Challenge Zero is an initiative run by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) in collaboration with the Japanese government to disseminate and promote innovations domestically and internationally by companies and groups for realizing a decarbonized society.
We have participated in Challenge Zero since September 2020.
The Eco-First Program was established by the Ministry of the Environment in 2008 to promote industry-leading companies to take action toward environmental conservation. Companies pledge to the Minister of the Environment to implement their own environmental conservation initiatives.
We were certified as an Eco-First Company by the Minister of the Environment in November 2008.
As it does business in countries around the world, Daikin 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.
In April 2019, we invited a delegation of 18 members including U.S. senators from California to visit our company where we introduced our initiatives. During the same month, we visited the U.S. and showcased our environmental technology during an individual interview with the California Air Resources Board and exchanged ideas on decarbonization.
Moreover, we gave a lecture on our initiative on recovering and reclaiming refrigerants at the Global Dialogue with the Private Sector on Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste Management held by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in May 2019.
In June, we displayed the actual model of R-32 and inverter at the exhibit adjacent to the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth.
Additionally, in November, we gave a speech on R-32 and inverter at the Manaus Environment Fair in response to the request by the Brazilian government.
We plan to continue sharing information on refrigerant technology with the relevant people around the world.
In both fiscal 2016 and 2017, Daikin joined other companies in carrying out a basic survey that will be used to create a scheme in Sri Lanka for disseminating air conditioners using low-GWP refrigerants, as well as recovering, recycling, and destroying refrigerants. The survey is part of support for emerging countries under Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
In fiscal 2019, as a Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), we continued to embark on the project started in fiscal 2018 to spread the use of environmentally conscious, high-efficient air conditioners using the R-32 refrigerant in Mexico, as well as implemented promotional assistance on switching to low GWP refrigerants and highly efficient air-conditioners.
The same project was launched in Brazil since January 2019, while activities are conducted to promote inverter air conditioners through collaboration with international agencies. In October, we invited government officials from Brazil to share our information on technology at TIC and exchanged ideas with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Energy Conservation Center, Japan.
In Saudi Arabia, demonstration testing was conducted as part of the JCM Feasibility Study by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since June 2019, and assistance was provided on implementing necessary international standards for the appropriate evaluation of inverter products.
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