Management Strategy and Sustainability
Adopted in 2015, the Paris Agreement contains a target for the latter half of this century of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and limiting global warming by less than 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. In the spirit of the Paris Agreement, Daikin has formulated Environmental Vision 2050, with a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. We have established a reduction target for 2030 and incorporated this into our efforts under the Fusion 25 Strategic Management Plan.
Looking long term, we have predicted how society will change by 2050 and have made a list of the risks and opportunities for Daikin's business. Based on this, we have set a direction we must take in using our resources to solve environmental problems.
Based on the relationship between Daikin's business and the global environment, we came up with a long-term environmental to-do list that takes into account what the world will be like for Daikin's business in 2050 judging by current social scenarios.
Daikin referred to the following reports when making its forecasts
Daikin came up with business risks and opportunities in relation to the environmental problems specified above.
We determined how we should proceed in order to solve these problems based on the company's resources.
We will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated throughout the entire lifecycle of our products.
Furthermore, we are committed to creating solutions that link society and customers as we work with stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.
Using IoT and AI, and open innovation attempts, we will meet the world's needs for air solutions by providing safe and healthy air environments while at the same time contributing to solving global environmental problems.
Future predictions about the sharp increase in demand for space cooling represent an important opportunity for us because air conditioning is our core business. At the same time, the increase in electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions attributed to air conditioning represents a major risk to the continuity of the air conditioning business in a society that demands de-carbonization because climate change is a worldwide issue.
Therefore, in addition to mitigating environmental and climate change impacts by curtailing electricity consumption and preventing refrigerant leakage, we will develop and spread higher energy-efficient air conditioners and refrigerants with a lower global warming potential. Daikin will also create new environmental solutions, such as the efficient utilization of energy tied to buildings. This will enable us to balance contributions to social issues including climate change with the further growth of our businesses.
In May 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released The Future of Cooling. The report looks at air conditioning and how the rise in its use is driving global energy demand.
According to The Future of Cooling, estimates are for air conditioning demand to rise rapidly and for energy demand for space cooling to triple by 2050.
Daikin has established a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target after analyzing the future of its business operations in order to reduce these emissions to net zero while bringing the added value nature of air to people around the world. With the base year set at 2019, we aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% or more in 2025 and by 50% or more in 2030 compared with emissions without measures (business as usual (BAU)). Measures to achieve these goals will be implemented under Fusion Strategic Management Plans.
The three themes of the growth strategy for achieving Environmental Vision 2050 have been incorporated into the nine key strategy themes of the Fusion 25 Strategic Management Plan. We will now implement this plan aiming to balance contributions to resolving social issues through business growth.
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