End of life
Daikin Europe N.V.
Daikin Europe N.V. is amongst the first manufacturers in the industry to set up voluntary ‘take-back’ schemes across Europe to dispose responsibly of our products at the end of their useful life.
Daikin UK’s award-winning recycling scheme for air conditioning units successfully launched in 2008 and is available for any manufacturer’s end-of-life equipment being replaced by a Daikin system. Created as a service to customers, it encourages the recovery and recycling of air conditioning equipment, which is not currently covered by the WEEE Directive.
In 2010 over 50 tonnes of equipment were recovered with a recycling efficiency of over 90%, in full accordance with environmental regulations. The continuing success of this scheme highlights Daikin UK’s commitment to extending its sustainable initiatives beyond the requirements of current environmental legislation.
Daikin Belgium’s take-back scheme for collecting and recycling air conditioners also goes beyond WEEE compliance. Approved by the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels authorities in 2008, it continues to pave the way for safe and appropriate disposal of both Daikin branded units and other air conditioners at the end of their useful lives.
Mark Oosterlynck, Managing Director of Daikin Belgium, is optimistic about the results to date: “Although it’s a long and winding road, we notice that installers are increasingly adhering to our scheme. The fact that they can give the end-user a certificate of environmentally sound recycling upon dismantling also enhances their image. In 2009 we extended the scope of our recycling scheme beyond small air conditioners to include chillers. This is yet another step towards decreasing the environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle".
Daikin Greece is one of 115 HVAC related companies among over 1150 members of the Appliances Recycle S.A. (RASA) scheme, with 501 participating municipalities representing some 11 million citizens. The scheme has achieved an average recycling ratio of more than 90%: well above the required level (50% to 80%, depending on the WEEE product category).
In regards to the air conditioning category, Appliances Recycling S.A. has recorded the amounts of air conditioners processed in recycling units as follows:
An incentive by the Greek authorities in the summer of 2009 to encourage the replacement of energy-devouring HVAC units with more efficient inverter models. This resulted in an increase of units processed in relation to the past 4 years (2005-2008) of approximately 1134%. The trend continued into 2010 to balance out in 2011's result of 24000 units.