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Daikin's 4 Step Decarbonisation Plan
Recent exceptional weather, including flooding, wildfires and extreme temperatures, has made it more crucial than ever that we act promptly to reduce the effects of climate change. The rapidly-increasing frequency and intensity of these events is alarming. Building stock is responsible for around 36% of the EU's CO2 emissions, and the European Climate Law, signed on 21 April 2021, aims to cut these emissions to 55% by 2030.
Daikin Europe N.V. have a decarbonisation plan. The company has 90 years of experience in producing heating and cooling solutions, and is a market leader in air conditioning, heat pumps, and refrigeration, with factories in many European countries.
In Brussels, on 27 May 2021, Daikin heat pump installers announced their 4-step plan to raise the share of renewables in domestic use, significantly reducing the role of fossil fuels. Daikin's plan is to replace old fossil fuel-based systems with new ones based on renewable fuel sources.
Daikin has estimated that up to 50% of new homes in Europe are using heat pumps. Reinforcing the rules about energy sources used in these homes will help renewable technology become standard.
To achieve the aims of the European Climate Law, Daikin proposes doubling the replacement rate from 1% to 2% by 2030. This would cut emissions rapidly, as the old systems are replaced with renewable ones. It would include a campaign to stimulate consumer interest in adopting more efficient, cost-effective, low-emission systems.
Daikin promotes policy changes to end government support for fossil fuels, such as oil or gas. These are currently cheaper and more accessible than renewables in many European countries because of direct and indirect incentives to use them. Once fossil fuels are no longer cheaper, competition would become fairer, and citizens would be more motivated to choose renewable options.
Daikin aims to make renewable energy for heating the standard for replacement, with heat pumps the optimum solution. Being highly efficient even when outdoor temperatures are very low, heat pumps are an ideal means of reducing fossil fuel consumption and its accompanying CO2 emissions.
Daikin is also setting high standards for itself, aiming to become carbon-neutral at global level by 2050. Patrick Crombez, General Manager for Heating and Renewables assures us that: "At Daikin we are working on a daily basis to help make these 4 steps a reality". He says that the company is encouraging installers to participate, and emphasises the urgent need for action: "This is the only way we can make Europe climate neutral by 2050."
With Daikin leading the way on decarbonisation, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the industry follows suit. If you want to chat about how you can ensure that your heat pumps make use of the best technology in reducing climate emissions, get in touch with us.
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