Brussels, 25 October 2022 – Daikin Europe N.V. has obtained the SDG Champion label as part of a program set out by VOKA, the Flemish Chamber of Commerce, and UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. The label is awarded to companies that make a significant contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
- Daikin Europe has received the SDG Champion label from VOKA
- The SDG label is awarded because Daikin Europe aligns its sustainability efforts to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and made a particular effort on circular economy for refrigerants
International recognition for sustainability efforts
The SDG Champion label is part of a program set up by VOKA, the Flemish Chamber of Commerce, to encourage and support companies in their contributions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The program runs in close collaboration with UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
“In 2020, we were one of the first Belgian companies to enter the program,” says Matthew Lammertyn, General Affairs Executive for Welfare and Environment at Daikin Europe. “Later that year, we received the SDG Pioneer label, which is the first step in the three-stage program. Today, we are very proud to take the next step and become an SDG Champion.”
“The label is an important recognition for our efforts in the domain of sustainability,” says Wim De Schacht, Vice President of Daikin Europe. “It also strengthens our credibility in the international market place, where Corporate Social Responsibility is a critical success factor.”
A positive impact beyond company walls
In order to obtain the SDG Champion label, companies have to align their sustainability efforts with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. “Daikin Europe has actions in place for each of them, but our efforts are mainly focused on SDG 12 – Sustainable Consumption and Production and SDG 13 – Climate Action,” says Matthew Lammertyn.
As part of its ambition to become carbon-neutral by 2050, Daikin Europe has been making steady progress to reduce its carbon footprint. “We have taken measures to reduce emissions in our factory in Ostend by focussing on energy consumption, the purchase of green electricity and connecting our factory to the local collective heating network. But in order to become an SDG Champion, companies need to take actions that go beyond their own organisation. The L∞P by Daikin program is a great example of this. By recuperating refrigerants from used products and reusing them in our new products, we are building a circular economy for refrigerants, which will have a positive impact on our entire sector.”, concludes Matthew Lammertyn.
More information about theL∞P by Daikin program can be found here: www.daikin.eu/loop-by-daikin
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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