JAPAN/UK: Members of the Greater Manchester Japan Steering Group, including representatives from the UK Government and Manchester City Council, visited the Daikin Technology Innovation Center in Osaka to confirm decarbonisation plans.

Daikin UK and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have been working together for over a decade to achieve Greater Manchester’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2038. The visit is part of Daikin UK’s mission to accelerate the decarbonisation of Greater Manchester in partnership with the GMCA.

The Daikin Technology Innovation Center specializes in the development of innovative renewable energy technologies. The base focuses on Daikin’s core technologies, including heat pumps, energy inverters and fluorochemical technologies, while integrating them with control systems and sensor technologies.

The list of delegates included Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig and UK Trade Representative for Japan Greg Clark MP. They are accompanied on the four-day visit by Daikin UK commercial manager Iain Bevan, MD Hiroyasu Ishikawa and project manager Rachel McChrystal.

Earlier this year, Daikin UK signed a landmark memorandum with the GMCA to establish the region as an innovation zone for new technologies and zero-emission services, with the aim of increasing investment and job creation in the city-region.

Daikin is currently trialling retrofit measures and low carbon heating technologies, including installing up to 1,000 air source heat pumps in Greater Manchester by 2025.

Installation is carried out by accredited installers through a network of Sustainable Home Centers in the region.

“Greater Manchester has an exciting vision to make the city carbon neutral by 2038, and ambitions to push new boundaries on the path to decarbonisation,” said Ian Bevan. “This delegation will be an exciting exchange of ideas and plans that will benefit the people of Greater Manchester – and hopefully the wider UK – for years to come.”