BRUSSELS, 6 February 2023 - Daikin Europe N.V. has signed a new landmark partnership with the Greater Manchester on 3 February. The partnership will see up to 1,000 homes benefit from low-carbon retrofitting trials. The agreement, which is the first of its kind between a UK city-region and a Japanese firm, will also see Greater Manchester become a test-bed for new net zero technologies and services, with the aim of boosting investment and job creation in the city-region. Through the trials in Greater Manchester, Daikin aims to create exemplary heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration (HVAC&R) solutions in the UK. The duration of the partnership is five years until 2027.
Contribute to Greater Manchester's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2038
The Greater Manchester and Daikin collaborated on a project spearheaded by Japan’s New Energy Development Organization (NEDO) from 2013 to 2017. The project demonstrated the energy-saving effects of heat pump heating and the effectiveness of an aggregation system to regulate electricity demand. Greater Manchester and Daikin have worked together to install hundreds of air source heat pumps in social housing in Wigan, Bury and North Manchester, making this the largest such project in Europe.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said, ‘This landmark partnership between Greater Manchester and Daikin builds on years of collaboration and friendship between our city-region and Japan. It’s a vote of confidence in our ambitious, science-based plans to become carbon neutral by 2038, and shows how we’re using our international outreach to make a positive difference to people right here in Greater Manchester.’
‘We want to connect the dots between decarbonising our homes and buildings, fostering net zero innovation, and developing skills in the green industries of the future. This partnership with Daikin will provide a strong foundation for more opportunities to bring those green jobs, skills, and investment to Greater Manchester.’
Demonstrate effectiveness of advanced HVAC&R technologies in contributing to decarbonisation
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Daikin plans to provide HVAC&R solutions to accelerate the decarbonisation of buildings in Greater Manchester. This includes the installation of commercial heating and cooling systems using heat pump technology in public buildings and providing energy-saving control through remote monitoring. Daikin is also address the shortage of human resources for HVAC&R technology and installation in the UK. This includes developing training programmes with schools and re-employment centres in Greater Manchester as well as creating an official qualification system. Other ideas include remote monitoring for HVAC&R equipment and the use of AI-powered wearable devices for workers, to make it easier to repair equipment in a completely different approach to the past.
Masatsugu Minaka, Chairman of the Board of Daikin Europe N.V. and Senior Executive Officer, Daikin Industries, Ltd., said, ‘With almost 100 years of history, Daikin has superior heat pump technology and is the only manufacturer in the world to design and produce heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration equipment, as well as the compressors and refrigerants used in these equipment. We are committed to making a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of Greater Manchester. We will continue to engage in public-private partnerships and as a leading company in the European heat pump market, we will deploy new environmental technologies across UK and the rest of Europe.’
Daikin Europe N.V.
Daikin Europe is a subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. and the leading provider of heating, cooling, ventilation, air purification and refrigeration solutions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company designs, manufactures and brings to market a broad portfolio of equipment, as well as tailor-made solutions for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. To date Daikin Europe has over 12,000 employees working at more than 59 consolidated subsidiaries. It has 12 major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Austria and the UK. The headquarters of the Daikin Europe group are in Belgium, Ostend. The company was established in 1972, production in Europe started in 1973.
About Daikin Industries Ltd.
Based in Osaka, Japan, Daikin Industries employs over 89,000 people worldwide. The global company is market leader for heat pump and air conditioning systems, as well as air filtration. It is the only air conditioning manufacturer in the world that researches, develops and produces all important system components, such as refrigerants, compressors and electronics, in-house. The company achieved € 23.7 billion sales turnover in financial year 2021 (1 April 21 – 31 March 22).
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