Manchester delegation visits Daikin tech centre6th December 2023
JAPAN/UK: Members of the Greater Manchester Japan Steering Group, including UK government and Manchester City Council delegates, have visited the Daikin Technology Innovation Centre in Osaka to solidify decarbonisation plans.
Daikin UK and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have been working together for more than ten 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.
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.
The list of delegates includes the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, leader of Manchester City Council, Bev Craig, and the UK trade envoy to Japan, Greg Clark MP. They are accompanied on the four-day visit by Daikin UK’s commercial manager Iain Bevan, MD Hiroyasu Ishikawa and project manager Rachel McCrystal.
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.
“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,” said Iain Bevan. “This delegation will be an exciting exchange of ideas and plans which will benefit the residents of Greater Manchester – and hopefully across the UK – for years to come.”
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