Daikin UK and GMCA visit innovation centre

Daikin UK has joined members of the Greater Manchester Japan Steering Group including government and Manchester City Council delegates in a visit to the Daikin Technology Innovation Centre in Osaka, Japan – to solidify decarbonisation plans.

The Daikin Technology Innovation Centre specialises in developing innovative renewable energy technologies. The base focuses on Daikin’s core technologies including heat pumps, energy inverters, and fluorochemical technologies – while integrating them with controls and sensor technology to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Daikin UK and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have been working together for more than 10 years towards Greater Manchester’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2038. The visit forms part of Daikin UK’s mission to ramp up Greater Manchester’s decarbonisation in partnership with GMCA.

Earlier this year, Daikin UK signed a landmark memorandum with GMCA for the region to become an area of innovation for new net-zero technologies and services, with the aim of boosting investment and job creation in the city-region.

Daikin is now implementing trials of retrofitting measures and low-carbon heating technologies, including up to 1,000 air-source heat pumps across Greater Manchester by 2025.

Installations are carried out by accredited installers through its network of Sustainable Home Centres in the region.

Iain Bevan, commercial manager for Daikin UK, said: “Greater Manchester has an exciting vision to make the city carbon neutral by 2038, and the ambition to break new boundaries in the drive to decarbonisation – values we share at Daikin. This delegation will be an exciting exchange of ideas and plans that will benefit the residents of Greater Manchester – and hopefully others across the UK – for years to come.”

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