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Launch of Daikin research project “NATURAL HVAC-R 4 LIFE”

Press Release, January 2020

On 20th January 2020, Daikin officially launched the Natural HVAC-R 4 LIFE research project.  Co-funded by the European Union’s LIFE programme, the project is coordinated by Daikin Europe N.V in partnership with Daikin Airconditioning Germany GmbH and Daikin AC Spain. The project is embedded in the company-wide initiative to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, including the emissions generated throughout the life cycle of Daikin products.


Vienna, January 2020 – The research project will demonstrate and evaluate “Conveni-Pack”, a combined refrigeration, comfort cooling and heating solution which is preassembled and easy to install. The unit recovers heat from the refrigeration display cabinets and evaporators and reuses it to heat other areas of the building at no extra cost. Current Conveni-Pack uses refrigerant R-410A, an HFC refrigerant that allows for high energy efficiency and a compact design, ideally suited for locations with limited outdoor space.

Using a diverse range of refrigerants and continuously exploring ways to provide the best balance between refrigerant GWP, safety, energy efficiency, affordability and total environmental impact is an integral part of Daikin's refrigerant policy. Through the Life project, Daikin will demonstrate  a Conveni-Pack which uses a non-HFC refrigerant, R744 (CO2) , and research further mitigation options to ensure safety and enhance energy performance, typical challenges of using CO2 as a refrigerant, especially in warm climates. 

At the Daikin Europe Ostend plant in Belgium, the first prototype will be tested in a simulated convenience store, followed by the demonstration and monitoring of prototypes in actual supermarkets in Germany and Spain. The total project duration is expected to be 3 years. 

For further details of the project objectives and action visit



Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe
Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe was founded in 1999 with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The product portfolio comprises products and solutions for heating, cooling, ventilation, airconditioning and refrigeration. Roughly 410 employees are in charge of the sales and service activities in 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Poland).
About Daikin Europe N.V.
Daikin Europe N.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Limited and a major European producer of air conditioners, heating systems and refrigeration equipment, with approximately 7600 employees throughout Europe and major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the UK.
Globally, Daikin is renowned for its pioneering approach to product development and the unrivalled quality and versatility of its integrated solutions. With more than 90 years of experience in the design and manufacture of heating and cooling technologies, Daikin is a market leader in heat pump technology.
Press contact:
Miroslava Stanic
General Manager Marketing & Corporate Communications,
Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe HandelsgmbH
Tel.: 43 (0)1 – 253 21 11 - 101
Lemböckgasse 59/1/1
1230 Vienna, Austria


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