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Eco-conscious London Olympic Games:
AC Development for Environmental Performance

In the summer of 2012, the Olympic Games were held in London. From the very beginning of its bidding process, London emphasized and adhered to its ambition to realize the most environment-conscious Olympic Games of all.

It was the first time in 64 years that London hosted the Olympic Games. Most of the venues were located in the redevelopment zone of urban areas where a majority of the facilities would be newly built. In the areas where factories once stood, soil was decontaminated for reuse using advanced technologies. For the roof of the Olympic Stadium, gas pipes were recycled and reused. The basketball arena was collapsible so it could be disassembled for reuse after the Games. These are just some of the examples of efforts made to realize an eco-friendly Olympic Games.

It was an event that tried to resolve issues one by one from every possible aspect by capitalizing on leading-edge technologies and aspiring to environmental consciousness and sustainability.


In 2012 Daikin became the world's first company to adopt HFC 32, a refrigerant whose global warming potential is one-third of that of conventional refrigerants, and commercialized "Urusara 7," an air conditioner using HFC 32, to contribute to resolving environmental issues. The new model also has the capability to learn operations corresponding to the room environment, thus cutting back on unnecessary energy consumption at the start of automatic operation. "Urusara 7" won high esteem for its design, in addition to superior environmental performance, to win the Red Dot Design Award.

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