Corporate Advisory Board Member: Daikin


Daikin has grown as a comprehensive air conditioning manufacturer with a focus on ACs and fluorochemicals for 90 years since its founding in 1924. Now Daikin operates in 145 countries and has over 70 production bases worldwide.

Air conditioning is becoming one of the most important facets of social infrastructure, providing people with good health and a culturally advanced lifestyle, as well as fueling economic development.

At the same time, air conditioning uses large amounts of energy. One of mankind’s greatest challenges will be to minimize the rise in energy consumption accompanying economic development, especially in the rapidly growing emerging countries. Daikin is well aware that climate change resulting from an increase in greenhouse gas emissions is a major social issue that Daikin must endeavor to solve.

To contribute to solving the problem of climate change, Daikin has focused on highly energy-efficient products and services in order to bring more and more people around the world environmental technologies that mitigate the further increase of greenhouse gas emissions; R-32, a new refrigerant that reduces global warming impact to just one-third that of conventional refrigerants; heat-pump type heating systems, which result in CO2 emissions less than 50% of those from conventional combustion-type heating; and inverter technology, which offers both comfort and energy efficiency.

Daikin also enthusiastically engage in local environmental protection activities around the world. Since 2008, Daikin has been taking part in the UN Global Compact, an initiative for companies committed in areas including human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. Due to its consistent sustainability performance, Daikin has been selected to the Global Compact 100 Index three times. In 2014, Daikin was selected to join the Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for outstanding companies by CDP, an international NGO advocating information disclosure concerning climate change.

The Environmental Technologies Laboratory (ETL) is the R&D department where Daikin investigates technologies aimed at solving environmental issues. In November 2015 Daikin opened the Technology Innovation Center (TIC), a global R&D base for creating new social value. With research whose scope extends beyond the fields of air environment and energy, the TIC will enable Daikin to broaden its business concept – from buildings to overall space, and from air conditioning to air itself – and to facilitate the development of environmental technologies for the realization of a sustainable society.

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