Sales & Supply
As the sales and supply of Daikin solutions continue to grow, we are constantly working to raise awareness among our affiliates and their customers about the ways we can all work together to help protect the environment.
Daikin Europe N.V.’s affiliated companies have (or are in the process of obtaining) ISO 14001 certification. Achieving this standard for Environmental Management requires continuous efforts to improve environmental performance in all areas, also in sales and supply.
In line with our green heart policy of promoting and practising environmental sustainability, Daikin’s affiliated companies continuously introduce various green initiatives into their daily operations. Here are some examples of our affiliates’ ongoing efforts to improve their environmental performance.
Logistics are an important link in a company’s supply chain. That is no different at Daikin Europe N.V., where specialists are constantly looking for ways to decrease Daikin’s environmental impact at the logistics stage. Because transportation accounts for the bulk of logistics’ impact on our environment – with CO2 emissions as a direct consequence – one of Daikin Europe N.V.’s main challenges is to reduce its transport related emissions, and thus achieve considerable CO2 savings.
Intermodal transport and environmental considerations are part of our tender procedures when selecting transport companies. As a result, in FY 2012 we used more intermodal transport and have chosen to use rail transport on three of our routes. For example, in FY 2012, stock transfers from Ostend to Italy were mainly by rail, leading to a 62 % reduction in CO2 emissions for that route, compared with FY 2011.
Daikin’s CO2 emissions have continued to fall in the last few years, with an improvement of 12 % in FY 2012 compared with FY 2011. This reduction was mainly due to better use of lorry loading space. In FY 2012, the average load was 60.6 m³, compared with an average of 57.7 m³ in FY 2011.
We will continue to focus on maintaining our loading efficiencies as well as benchmarking intermodal transport in the future. We will also be looking for other improvements, such as returnable pallets, half pallets and fewer lashing materials. We hope to achieve these improvements in close co-operation with our logistics partners.