By 2050, Daikin Industries Ltd, a multinational company at the cutting edge in air conditioning systems and heating, has the goal of becoming carbon neutral. Already with the innovation of the refrigerant gas R32 in 2014, had in some way anticipated his intentions in terms of active engagement in regard to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Today, always in the perspective of preserving the environment, aims to create a circular movement that brings together innovation, product and process, through the recovery and regeneration of the refrigerant gas.
“Our goal – says Takayuki Kamekawa, President and ceo of Daikin Italy – is to become carbon neutral by 2050: without a doubt, an ambitious goal, but we collaborate with our customers and partners who can help us reach it. We want to create a movement that involves the entire industry and value chain, becoming agents of change and bringing a benefit tangible on the environment”
And own the recovery and regeneration of the refrigerant gases is the centerpiece of the new project of Circular Economy, presented at the Daikin Campus of Milan, which Daikin will perform together at Remedia, an important consortium in Italy for the eco-sustainable handling of technological waste. Leaving for a moment aside all the technology needed to carry out an operation of this kind, the real challenge of Daikin and Remedia is the recovery of refrigerants contained in air conditioners residential, those for instance that now we have everyone in the house to combat the summer heat.
We are, therefore, at the beginning of a new era of climate control, is always the most sustainable and environmentally friendly. The pilot project which will start shortly in Lombardia and Emilia Romagna, will last nine months and will be the pioneer with the objective of involving all operators in the sector on the national territory, raising their awareness about the proper management of WEEE and of the F-Gas. It is estimated that, with this initial project, 25% of the air conditioners that will be collected will contain the R410A gas.
Just to give you an idea, a kg of this refrigerant, if it is dispersed, has an impact on the atmosphere equal to that of an automobile of a small displacement along 18.477 km (about 12 times a trip from Milan-Palermo). Thus, only in this initial phase of the project will generate a saving of CO2 emissions equal to about 132 tonnes. In the course of the pilot project it is estimated a collection of about 500 machines, then important numbers when compared to the amount of gas recovered.
Certificate from an external laboratory, the refrigerant regenerated used by Daikin is of the same quality as the refrigerant virgin and responds to the standard AHRI700. A process of independent audit ensures that the gas regenerated administratively allocated 100% to the office of the factory of the two ranges produced in the factory in Ostend: unit VRV IV+ heat recovery, and a Mini VRV IV S-series double-fan. This means that these two ranges, thanks to the recovery and regeneration of the refrigerant in the European Union, support the regulation F-Gas.
The installers have already joined and those that will join later, valid protagonists of the successful, will be identified as Installers Green qualified Remedia, can count on a thorough training that will ensure the acquisition of skills needed to comply with the regulations in force and to apply modern procedures for the recovery of refrigerants from air-conditioners and end-of-life. Not only that, they can expose the stamp of Installer in Green, so that the consumer is careful to the choice conscious and eco-friendly will be able to recognize them and to entrust to him without delay the installation of new, or the dismantling of the old air conditioner.