Besides factors like performance and usability, Daikin stresses environmental performance in product development, and incorporates product assessment in the planning and design stages for new products. Product assessment consists of 13 assessment items that we strictly adhere to in developing products.
We also assess global warming impact of air conditioners using the life cycle assessment (LCA) method, which allows us to determine the environmental impact at each stage of a product's life cycle. Products only make it to market after we have assessed them against their predecessor products to confirm they exert less environmental impact.
Fluorine mainly bonds with carbon atoms to become compounds that are highly stable and have useful functions such as the ability to resist heat and repel chemicals.
Utilization of these characteristics in various fields helps contribute to reducing environmental impacts.
With fluoride materials having superb heat and chemical resistance, we are conducting R&D into their use as material for semi-conductors and the next generation automobile field. In addition, as fluoride materials also contribute to increased capacity of lithium-ion batteries, they are used for electrode binding and gasket. We will continue to expand their use in renewable energy, new energy, and energy-saving applications.
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