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 is to provide comfortable air environments, Daikin considers forests to be the Earth'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, NPOs, and NGOs 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.
We act for the sake of abundant greenery and fresh air.
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.
Protection and rejuvenation of the blessings of nature
In 2014, Daikin launched its "Forests for the Air" project aimed at preserving valuable forests in seven locations around the world. The goal for the project's 10-year period is to conserve forests covering some 11 million hectares and in the process contribute to reducing 7 million tons of CO2 emissions.
In each of the seven locations, Daikin leverages global partnerships in not just planting trees but in helping local residents secure a livelihood that reduces their dependence on cutting down the trees of the forest. Through forest preservation, the project aims to solve social problems such as poverty and thus contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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 gradually give way to taller trees. However, this coastal vegetation has been rapidly disappearing in the last decade or two.
When Daikin Industries, Ltd. 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, based on which 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 serves to raise employees' environmental awareness through courses such as seedling-planting during new employee training. We also provide opportunities for local residents to utilize Daikin Ales Aoya. Since July 2016, it has been lent to Tottori University for use 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.
These activities were recognized with Excellent Stage 3 certification, which is the second highest level on the 5-step evaluation of the SEGES social/environmental contribution greenery evaluation system run by the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure
These species are effective at resisting invasive species and are important to protecting beach vegetation.
The Shiga Plant of Daikin Industries, Ltd. began work to rejuvenate a community forest on its premises in fiscal 2012.
The conservation 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.
Since fiscal 2016, we have utilized the Daikin Shiga Forest as a place for environmental education; for example, we take Daikin employee family members and local elementary school students on nature walks in the forest.
In fiscal 2019, we held environmental education programs for elementary schools as well as families in the community, and provided Japan rice fish native to the forest as a form of curriculum for elementary schools; thereby contributing to a virtuous cycle of community service.
At the Yodogawa Plant, the TIC Forest developed in conjunction with the opening of the Technology and Innovation Center (TIC) in November 2015 is celebrating its fourth year in natural selection with very minimal artificial inference.
In order for employees working at Yodogawa Plant to feel closer to the TIC Forest that is gradually evolving into a natural forest, we are continuing the following efforts for "know it," "see it" and "experience it" in fiscal 2019:
As one initiative of "experience it," we began growing saplings of Japanese maple trees in fiscal 2017. In July 2019, these saplings were planted on the border with the neighboring community. We aim to create a line of Japanese maple trees over the course of a three-year plan. Also, we aim to develop and improve the environment, symbolized by thriving fireflies.
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 2019, the volunteer event was held three times.
The Harashiroyama forest project completed its five-year agreement period in March 2017. Because of the success of this activity, the contract was renewed and work continues on caring for the bamboo forest.
To expand the scope of this activity, in March 2016 an agreement was reached under the "Adopt a Forest" system in Izuhara in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture as a way to protect community forests other than just bamboo forests. With the goal of creating an abundant ecosystem in an abandoned coppice forest, activities will continue until March 2025. In fiscal 2019, we removed bamboo trees on three occasions and began growing seedlings from acorns gathered from the forest.
A total of 130 employees and their families volunteered in the Harashiroyama and Izuhara forest projects.
To protect the natural environment adjacent to Daikin's worldwide production and sales bases, we conduct activities such as tree-planting, protection of nearby oceans and rivers, and protection of biodiversity.
At a tree-planting event held near the factory, employees, their families, and local students and residents totaling about 500 people planted 3,500 trees. Over the past twelve years, a total of 19,322 trees have been planted.
Mangrove forest preservation activities contribute to the preservation of biodiversity by protecting the environment creatures live and grow in while preserving the livelihood of fishermen engaged in traditional fishing practices.
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