For the past three decades, global warming and climate change became a vital issue and point of heated debates in the whole world. ‘Sustainable’, ‘Green’, ‘Environmentally friendly’ are not just trendy words anymore, but it is a choice millions of people make every day towards a lower-impact life by changing their habits and making conscious purchase decisions supporting sustainable companies.
Learn more how by purchasing Daikin products, you support a company that treasures nature and the environment we live in.
7 Sustainability Facts about Daikin Group:
1. Concerns about impact on the environment since 1970s
Daikin Industries established in 1924 (97 years ago) and since the 1970s, has started its environmental activities with its first environmental report published in 1998. Daikin actively supports, throughout its business, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations in 2015 that addresses worldwide problems such as quality education, affordable and clean energy, climate change and others.
2. Shared patents to R32 to spread its availability
Daikin is the only air conditioning company that also develops and produces refrigerants for the wider HVAC industry.
Daikin gave free access to its 93 patents for the application of R32 in 2015 to companies worldwide. Other manufacturers can use and sell air conditioners using R32 that has one-third of global warming potential of conventional R410A refrigerant. 123 additional patents were released this year.
3. Carrying out forest conservation
Daikin conducts a ‘Forest for the Air’ project to conserve and nurture forests in Japan, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, India, Liberia and Brazil since 2014 aiming to achieve 11 million hectares coverage and 7 million of CO2 emissions reduction by 2024. Learn more here
4. Supports implementation of energy efficiency standards and labelling programs
Daikin is supporting regionals standards and labelling that guide customers to choose an energy efficient air conditioner. For instance, New Zealand has just adopted a new Zoned Energy Rating Label (ZERL) on the 1st of July 2021 and Daikin is currently carrying out its products energy efficiency testing to be in line with it. Single splits residential Daikin air conditioner ZERL energy efficiency rating can be found here.
5. Promoting Recovery, Reclamation and Destruction of Refrigerants
Daikin recognises that only selection of appropriate refrigerants with a low global warming potential for each application will not mitigate environmental impacts of air conditioners. It is important to manage refrigerant throughout its lifecycle. In 2019 Daikin established a refrigerant reclamation facility in Europe and proposed circular refrigerant ecosystem. As a result, new VRV Loop units for commercial buildings were launched that utilize reclaimed refrigerant and helped to comply with European F-gas regulations. The company continues to expand its developments and solutions in leakage preventions, recovery, reclamation, and destruction.
6. Aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050
Daikin has formulated Environmental Vision 2050 in accordance with Paris Agreement adopted in 2015. It outlines strategies on how to achieve net zero emissions throughout the entire lifecycle of its products by 2050 and continue to be a solutions provider for arising problems such as indoor air quality, for instance. Daikin Sustainability Report 2021 with detailed information can be found here.
7. Expanding the Green Heart circle through ‘Green Heart Factory’ and ‘Green Heart Office’ activities
Daikin acknowledges that small efforts of individuals can add up to something big and has initiated a special certification to its factories and offices worldwide under Green Heart system. Daikin employees are encouraged to minimize environment impact, create and protect biodiversity at their companies, and cooperate with local citizens and non-profit organisations in environmental and social activities.
As an example, 196 Daikin employees so far have taken a part of rejuvenating forests in the Shiretoko Peninsula in Japan under ‘Forest for the Air’ program.
The symbol of the Earth in the shape of a green heart represents a determination on the part of each and every employee of Daikin to think green (think of Earth and take care of the environment).
Daikin aims to continue its environmental impacts reduction* across the entire value chain as well as its search for new solutions to improve our cities and people’s comfortable living. We hope by sharing our ‘Green Heart’ ideology and initiatives, we encourage you to implement it in your communities and daily life.
Think Green, Think Daikin!
* Through adoption of Daikin’s environmentally conscious products worldwide, including air conditioners with inverter technologies, refrigerants with a lower GWP and heat- pump heaters and hot water heaters, the contribution to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2020 was measured at 70 million tons-CO2.