Building a circular economy to minimise environmental damage
02 December 2019
Liam Kirwan, senior sales engineer, Daikin Ireland.
Daikin already provides market-leading energy efficiency and low-carbon solutions, including its newly launched VRV IV+ range; however, it has now introduced a new, more far-reaching initiative designed to promote and encourage a circular economy in refrigerants.
“Building a circular economy – from procurement and manufacture through to recovery and recycling – is part of Daikin’s wider strategy to minimise environmental damage throughout the entire life-cycle of its products,” says Liam Kirwan, senior sales engineer, Daikin Ireland.
“The reclamation of refrigerants is essential to this process, so hence the introduction of the Certified Reclaimed Refrigerant Allocation initiative. The objective of this pioneering initiative is to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.
“Choosing a product with Reclaimed Refrigerant Allocation means clients support the re-use of refrigerant and avoid more than 150,000kg of virgin gas being produced each year.
“The introduction of Certified Reclaimed Refrigerant into selected VRV units is a core component of Daikin’s vision to support the development of a circular economy, and is also part of the company’s wider commitment to provide safe and healthy air environments while striving to reduce our direct and indirect CO2 emissions.”
Exclusive to Daikin, the Certified Reclaimed Refrigerant Allocation designation assures customers of both the quality and quantity of the reclaimed refrigerant. Assessed by an independent laboratory, the reclaimed refrigerant is the same quality as virgin refrigerant and meets AHRI700 standards.
An independent audit process also ensures that the reclaimed gas is allocated administratively to 100 per cent of the factory charge of the VRV IV+ heat recovery and VRV IV S-series units produced in Daikin’s Ostend factory.
This means that these units support the F-gas Regulation by recovery and reclaim within the European Union.
What does Certified Reclaimed Refrigerant Allocation mean?
1.) External Certified Quality. Reclaimed refrigerant meets AHRI700 certified standards, assessed by an independent laboratory, and so is the same quality as virgin refrigerant.
2.) Reclaimed and reused within Europe. Virgin and reclaimed refrigerant are used in the Daikin Europe factory. Through an audit process we ensure the reclaimed refrigerant is administratively allocated to the VRV IV+ and Mini VRV factory charge.
3.) Certified Allocated Quantity. Reclaimed means the refrigerant is regenerated in a high-quality way, in line with the F-gas Regulation definition. This means that units with reclaimed refrigerant support the F-gas Regulation by recovery and reclaim within the European Union.
4.) Reclaiming R-410A is just the start. With the huge potential of R-410A available in existing installations, we invite you to join our mission in creating this circular economy. Today for R-410A and for other refrigerants in future.
Do these units have 100 per cent reclaimed refrigerant?
No, at the factory reclaimed and virgin gas is mixed and the amount of reclaimed gas is allocated administratively to two product ranges: VRV IV+ Heat Recovery and VRV IV S-series (4, 5, 6 HP).
Meaning that for every VRV IV+ Heat Recovery and and virgin refrigerant VRV IV S-series (4, 5, 6 HP) unit you buy, we use the equivalent amount of certified reclaimed refrigerant to charge units at the factory.
This is comparable to a green electricity contract, where you use a mix of conventional as well as renewable produced electricity and the provider allocates administratively 100% renewable produced electricity to your contract.
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