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Environmental Management

Environmental Action Plan

Environmental Management

Environmental Action Plan 2020

Daikin positions environmental protection as one of its most important management tasks. Based on our Fusion 20 strategic management plan, we formulated Environmental Action Plan 2020, under which we aim to decrease environmental impact throughout the value chain so that we can achieve sustainable business growth and protect the environment.

Under our Environmental Action Plan 2020, which targets fiscal 2020, we are taking actions based on three pillars: 1 provide environmentally conscious products and services, 2 minimize environmental impact through manufacturing and other activities, and 3 expand the Green Heart circle worldwide.

Because air conditioners, our flagship product category, emit a particularly large amount of CO2 when used, we are focusing on disseminating worldwide the use of energy-efficient air conditioners and air conditioners that use low-global-warming-potential refrigerants. We set a target of reducing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2020 by 60 million tons-CO2. Calculations show that in fiscal 2017 we achieved the reductions of 54 million tons-CO2.

In efforts to reduce environmental impact during the production stage, we set a target of reducing total Group greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2020 to 1.58 million tons-CO2 (70% reduction over fiscal 2005). In fiscal 2017, we succeeded in lowering these emissions to 1.35 million tons-CO2 .

We work with our stakeholders in activities that raise environmental awareness. One of these is our "Forests for the Air" project, under which we aim to protect 11 million hectares of forest in seven locations worldwide. Another is our environmental education program for elementary school students, under which in fiscal 2017 we provided free teaching materials to 26 schools and helped instruct 1,700 children in Japan.

Environmental Action Plan 2020

Action targets Fiscal 2020 target values Fiscal 2017 target values Fiscal 2017 results Self-assessment
1 Provide Environmentally Conscious Products and Services Worldwide

Contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by spreading the use of following products

  • Energy-efficient air conditioners and services including inverter products
  • Air conditioners using refrigerants with lower global warming potential
  • Heat-pump-type heating systems and hot water heaters
  • Energy-efficient solutions business
Contribution to Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions*1
60 million tons-CO2
Contribution to Emission Reductions
50 million tons-CO2
Contribution to Emission Reductions
54 million tons-CO2
Increase in Ratio of Environmentally Conscious Products*2 Sales of Environmentally Conscious Products as Percentage of Residential Air Conditioners 83% ★★★
2 Minimize Environmental Impact in Production Activities
Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions 70% reduction over fiscal 2005 (reduction to 1.58 million tons-CO2) 69% reduction 74% reduction (reduction to 1.35 million tons-CO2) ★★★
Reduction of Energy-Induced CO2 Emissions Unit reduction in energy-induced CO2 emissions of 5% against Standard value*3 Japan 2% reduction 5% reduction ★★★
Overseas 2% reduction 9% reduction ★★★
Emissions Unit Reduction in Emissions of 5% against Standard value*3 Japan 2% reduction 12% reduction ★★★
Overseas 2% reduction 5% reduction ★★★
Water Unit Reduction in Water Intake of 5% against Standard value*3 Japan 2% reduction 6% reduction ★★★
Overseas 2% reduction 9% reduction ★★★
Chemicals Unit Reduction in Chemical Emissions of 5% against Standard value*3 Japan 2% reduction 11% reduction ★★★
Overseas 2% reduction 2% increase ★★★
Green procurement Increase in Green Procurement Rate 76% ★★
3 Expand the Green Heart Circle of Love for the Earth
Carry out and expand environmental activities in collaboration with stakeholders Encourage employees to take part in environmental activities inside and outside work Certify all production bases as Green Heart Factories*4 24 bases certified (6 in Japan, 18 overseas) ★★
Promote environmental and social contribution activities Carry out forest protection activities with NGOs Educate the younger generation about the environment Reduce emissions by 7 million tons-CO2
Provide free learning materials to 1,700 students

*1 Difference between emissions from all Daikin environmentally conscious products sold and emissions from non-inverter products, air conditioners using conventional refrigerants, and gas-combustion space heaters and hot water heaters.

*2 Products that satisfy either or both of the following conditions: consume at least 30% less electricity than conventional products, or use refrigerants with at least two-thirds less global warming potential than conventional refrigerants.

*3 Average for fiscal 2013-2015.

*4 A Daikin standard for assessing and certifying how well each production base is doing in achieving environmental criteria related to energy efficiency, waste reduction, and biodiversity protection.

Self-assessment: Shows level of achievement of targets in three designations:
★★★ : Succeeded  ★★ : Will soon succeed  ★ : Doing all we can


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