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Daikin's Policy and Comprehensive Actions on the Environmental Impact of Refrigerants

When selecting new refrigerants, comprehensive assessment from various perspectives is necessary. Any substance must be carefully evaluated for the overall impact on the global environment. It must also be assessed for energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety and other factors. As recent studies have confirmed, there is no one perfect refrigerant adaptable to all applications. For the above reasons, it is necessary to focus on selecting the right refrigerants for particular applications based on an overall assessment.

Daikin's Challenge
in Achieving a Sustainable Refrigerant and Equipment Lifecycle

Action on Refrigerant and Goals

Daikin strives to continuously reduce its environmental impact by enhancing the energy efficiency of equipment, replacing current refrigerants with those having less environmental impact and providing solutions throughout the lifecycle of refrigerant and equipment. Daikin will further work to realize sustainability in the lifecycle through initiatives with various stakeholders and by developing new technologies.

1 Role as a Refrigerant Manufacturer 2 Role as an Equipment Manufacturer 3 Collaborating with Other Stakeholders

1 Role as a Refrigerant Manufacturer

Daikin will continue to provide refrigerants that meet diverse needs, aiming to achieve a more sustainable air conditioning, heating and refrigeration sector. This includes:

  • Development and production of refrigerants with the following properties:
    • Compliance with all environmental regulations
    • Emphasis on system safety and reasonable cost for customers
    • Improving the energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment
  • Establishment of recycling/reusing technologies

2 Role as an Equipment Manufacturer

Daikin will continue to improve the energy efficiency of equipment and systems and we will continue to select optimal refrigerants that meet various needs. This includes:

  • Selection of the optimal refrigerant for each application through cooperation with various refrigerant manufacturers, including both fluorochemical and non-fluorochemical refrigerants
  • Equipment designs that minimize refrigerant emissions and that reduce the amount of refrigerant required for system operation

3 Collaborating with Other Stakeholders

Daikin continues to work with other stakeholders towards a sustainable air conditioning, heating and refrigeration industry, which includes:

  • Support the recovery of refrigerants by developing recovery technology
  • Improve installation procedures to prevent leaks
  • Provide education and technical training to support the proper management of refrigerants
  • Establish schemes for recovery, recycling and destruction

Next Steps: The Sooner, The Better, for the Future

Daikin supports international efforts to reduce the environmental impact of refrigerants such as the commitments and further discussions under the Montreal Protocol and other international climate negotiations. We also support national legislative initiatives on refrigerants in various regions, such as Japan, the European Union and the USA. We encourage regional and local incentives for products that are moving to refrigerants with a lower environmental impact, while also providing energy efficiency and other benefits. In short, we believe that public policy that supports this transition is important to minimizing the environmental impact of refrigerants in the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration industry. For its part, Daikin will work with governments, our business partners and stakeholders to continue to work to accelerate the move towards better refrigerant alternatives.

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