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Energy Efficiency

Our commitment to achieve maximum energy efficiency in our products is the impetus for the approach we take to encourage similar efforts in the global marketplace. We begin with our own operations and employees, involve suppliers and customers, and engage third-party organizations to raise awareness.

UTC is conducting original research to identify ways to reduce energy consumption in new and existing buildings by 25 percent, a goal that is achievable with existing technology. We use the most recent academic, market and government data, and employ a suite of energy-system models. To date, we have issued three research papers in an ongoing series on energy efficiency.

Results of Our Research

The first paper, The Business Case for Building Efficiency, identifies how strategic energy-efficiency investments can increase profits, foster job creation and help insulate a company from fluctuating energy prices. The second paper, Enhancing American Productivity, outlines how investments in building efficiencies today can help ensure future economic prosperity and global competitiveness. The third paper, The Global Market Opportunity, describes the challenges and opportunities presented by the largest migration in human history. Approximately 60 million to 70 million rural residents in developing countries are moving each year to cities or seeing cities built up around them. By improving the energy efficiency of existing and future buildings, countries can help enable the comfort, safety and prosperity of their citizens.

  • Business Case for Energy Efficiency
  • Enhancing American Productivity
  • The Global Market Opportunity

Sharing Best Practices

Through its Carrier business, UTC Climate, Controls & Security is the U.S. Green Building Council's largest partner in LEED education. Its LEED workshops educate employees, customers and suppliers from Brazil, China, France, India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States. In 2011, Carrier also launched the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy brought its Save Energy Now LEADER showcase to Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks, Conn. The one-day event brought together approximately 100 representatives from more than 30 manufacturing companies, seeking ways to cut energy consumption by 25 percent in 10 years. UTC provided attendees with an energy-management guidebook that described its successful energy-efficiency best practices.

The Sustainable Cities Design Academy is a signature program of the American Architectural Foundation. It was founded by UTC in 2009 to provide leadership development and technical assistance to local community leaders who are engaged in planning sustainable building projects in their communities.

“Achieving maximum energy efficiency requires a holistic approach that goes beyond the building itself to include city layout, building design standards and equipment selection procedures. And UTC adds value in all aspects of this equation.”

Louis R. Chênevert,
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

UTC is a founding sponsor of the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools. The center is working to transform U.S. schools to make them better for the environment, less expensive to operate, and healthier places to learn and work. During the year, two UTC Center for Green School Fellows launched initiatives in 222 schools in Boston and Sacramento, Calif. Their activities contributed to the more than 6,500 LEED-certified and registered school projects currently underway. UTC's support also enabled a volunteer network to commit more than 208,000 hours of service in 2011.

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