USA Environmental Protection Award for Daikin Industries

Daikin Industries Ltd, Japanese parent company of Daikin Europe NV, has received the 2002 USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for “its positive and highly regarded efforts in protecting the ozone layer."

The award, established in 1990, is presented to both individuals and companies in recognition of innovative contributions towards ozone layer protection.

On accepting the EPA award, Daikin’s senior managing director, environmental preservation, Mr Satoshi Mizuno stated, “we are the world’s only manufacturer of both air conditioning and fluoro chemical products and as such we are honoured to achieve recognition of our status in this manner. We regard the 21st century very much as the century of the environment and are taking great steps to develop and broaden our environmental preservation activities.”

Daikin was the first Japanese manufacturer to mass produce zero ozone depleting HFC refrigerants – HFC134a in 1991, HFC32 in March 1997 and HFC125 in March 2001. The company plans to replace all HCFC based products with HFC versions during 2002. In May 1997, Daikin introduced HFC air conditioning products to the European residential market and in 2000 adopted it for use in commercial systems.

Daikin Industries also engaged in the development of equipment utilising natural refrigerants including ammonia based absorption and standard water chillers and CO2 based water residential heating systems.

Issued on behalf of: Daikin Europe NV,

UK Office,

Albert Drive,

Woking, Surrey.

Telephone: 01483 711810

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