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Daikin Group Released Its Sustainability Report 2020

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5 October 2020

"Sustainability Report 2020"

Daikin Industries, Ltd. has released its English edition of Sustainability Report 2020, which is currently available on the company website.

The report summarizes the basic approach of the Daikin Group for contributing to the realization of a sustainable society through its business along with fiscal 2019 results and future plans.

Accompanying economic development in emerging countries, demand for global air conditioners in 2050 is projected to be more than triple the current amount.1 Additionally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has further increased interest in such issues as air quality, ventilation, and air purification. In responding both quantitatively and qualitatively to growing needs, Daikin believes that its social mission is to provide safe and healthy air environments to the world while mitigating the effects of global warming to the greatest extent possible.

In this report, the Daikin Group sets forth its position and approach to formulating and implementing specific targets and measures as it aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions toward realization of its Environmental Vision for 2050, which was formulated in 2018. Furthermore, as information disclosure has become increasingly more important, Daikin discloses the status of its initiatives for "governance," "risk management," "strategy" and "metrics and targets" relating to climate change in accordance with TCFD2 recommendations.

Main Points of Sustainability Report 2020

1. Features on Typical Global Activities to Realize Environment Vision for 2050

This report presents the approach and examples of Daikin Industries toward social issues from among major CSR themes concerning the "environment," "new value creation," "customer satisfaction," and "human resources."

  • I) Environment: "Launched New Refrigerant Service in Europe Contributing to a Circular Economy"
    Reusing refrigerant has become increasingly more important due to the soaring prices of a tight refrigerant market and a stagnant rate in refrigerant recovery. Utilizing the collective strength of its air conditioning and chemicals businesses, Daikin established a refrigerant reclamation facility in Germany. Also, with the launch of VRV L∞P, a commercial-use multi-split air conditioner that uses recovered refrigerant, the amount of new refrigerant charged to commercial-use, multi-split air conditioners sold in Europe has been reduced by approximately 40% compared with the past. In this way, Daikin aims to shift from a society of a one-way system for production, consumption, and disposal to a system that continues to recycle and reuse resources.
  • II) New Value Creation: "Delivering Healthy and Comfortable Air Environments and Spaces to Africa with Collaborative Innovation"

This feature describes the example of Daikin developing the first air conditioner subscription business in the developing country of the United Republic of Tanzania. Development is being performed in collaborative creation with WASSHA Inc., a startup business involved in the electricity business for non-electrified areas. By uniting Daikin's energy-saving technologies and WASSHA's business model, the challenges of such barriers as high electrical bills and high price of purchasing air conditioners are being overcome. The new initiative delivers the value provision of air conditioning.

2. Folded Pamphlet Entitled "Using the Power of Air for the Future" Describes Contribution to Climate Change Measures

The tri-fold pamphlet offers an easy-to-understand explanation of inverter technology and promotion of low-GWP refrigeration, areas Daikin has especially focused its energies in aiming to strike a balance between resolving social issues related to air and the environment and promoting business growth of the company.

3. Report on Fiscal 2020 Targets and Fiscal 2019 Achievements in the CSR Action Plan 2020

In 2016, Daikin formulated its CSR Action Plan 2020 and established quantitative targets and indexes toward achievement of its key CSR themes for 2020. Since then, the company has annually managed progress for each theme and steadily promoted transparent and sincere corporate action.

Index Examples
Based on Key Themes
2020 Targets When Formulating CSR Action Plan 2020 Fiscal 2019 Achievements
Contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 60 million tons-CO2 reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by promoting adoption of environmentally- conscious products3 68 million t-CO2 reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the worldwide adoption of environmentally- conscious products / 97% of sales volume of residential-use air conditioners are environmentally- conscious products
Reduce greenhouse gases during development and production 70% reduction over fiscal 2005
(reduced to 1.58 million tons-CO2)
76% reduction over fiscal 2005
(reduced to 1.28 million tons-CO2)

To view Daikin Sustainability Report 2020, access the Daikin Industries, Ltd. website. https://www.daikin.com/csr/report/
At the end of October, Daikin plans to provide ESG information disclosure by providing comprehensive information at URL https://www.daikin.com/csr/index.html.

  • *1 Source: "The Future of Cooling," International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • *2 TCFD: Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. It was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and recommends that companies assess their business risks and opportunities due to climate change, fully understand the financial impact, and disclose information.
  • *3 Environmentally-conscious product: A product that satisfies either or both factors in which "electrical power consumption is reduced by 30% or more compared to conventional models" and "a refrigerant is used that has a global warming potential (GWP) that is less than one-third or more than that of conventional refrigerants."
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