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UK: Daikin Europe has become the first manufacturer of HVAC equipment in the world to achieve the BRE’s BES 6001 responsible sourcing standard for its VRV air conditioning system.

The BES 6001 standard was developed by the BRE to demonstrate responsible sourcing throughout the supply chain by proving product stewardship against social, economic and environmental sustainability criteria. As the standard is recognised by BREEAM, the world’s leading building rating scheme, and rated as Very Good, specifiers and contractors can potentially gain additional BREEAM credits by choosing a certified product.

The responsible sourcing covers the Daikin Group’s Belgian-made products including its VRV range.

The BRE BES 6001 Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products is the leading framework for product manufacturers to demonstrate responsible sourcing of their products. The standard encompasses organisational and supplier management systems alongside environmental and social characteristics of the business.

Describing Daikin’s achievement as a significant milestone for the construction products sector, the BRE’s head of responsible sourcing Dr Shamir Ghumra said, “Early adopters of the BES 6001 standard have had shorter and less complex supply chains. Daikin has demonstrated a genuine commitment to responsible sourcing by assessing the many components of their air conditioning units made in Belgium proving that certification can be achieved for complex products.”

“This is another significant endorsement for Daikin products,” commented Daikin UK’s legislation specialist Graham Wright. “Over the past ten years we have invested in reducing our organisational impact – and the embodied impact we pass on to the users of our products. The BES 6001 standard allowed us to collate a range of supply chain management practices and our own environmental and social performance into a single consistent framework, and allows us to support our clients in the BREEAM process as a result. The Very Good rating shows that we have reached an unparalleled position in the industry for responsible sourcing, as well as highlighting areas in which we can continue to improve.’

BES 6001 was launched in 2008 and revised in 2014. It currently lists nearly 100 companies.