During a special event held by Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy, and Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the U.S. environmental protection agency, the White House recognized Daikin Industries and other private sector businesses for their commitment to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and other powerful greenhouse gases that can contribute to climate change. «Daikin – Shinya Okada, senior executive officer of Daikin Industries stated – is committed to the future development and production of a full product line of HVAC systems that utilize environmentally beneficial technologies designed to have a positive impact on the environment. We are grateful that our efforts have been recognized by President Obama’s Administration, and we feel Daikin can contribute to the private sector leadership that is needed for global climate protection.» During the event, Daikin’s U.S.-based subsidiary, Goodman Global Group, announced that it will begin production and sale of the first ever high-efficiency Package Terminal Air Conditioning (PTAC) systems using the next-generation refrigerant, HFC-32. PTAC units are self-contained heating and air conditioning systems used extensively in hotels, motels, senior housing facilities, hospitals, condominiums and apartment buildings. The new units will be manufactured in the United States beginning in the first quarter of 2016 and marketed under the Amana brand name. Additional PTAC products are expected to be introduced over time.