This weekend, history was made in Paris.
For the first time, more than 190 countries adopted a landmark agreement, under which they will commit to lowering greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. The significance of this agreement cannot be overstated. It represents a direct effort to mitigate the effects of climate change and to drive accountability for results.
United Technologies welcomes this climate deal. With an agreement in place, we believe that sustainable technologies will allow us to achieve the desired goals.
Building upon our 30-year legacy of sustainability leadership, UTC recently signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. We’ve recommitted to our current trajectory of reducing our own carbon emissions by 80 percent before 2050.
This initiative directly supports the goals of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Other aspects of our commitment include:
• Advancing the environmental sustainability and energy efficiency of UTC's technologies in its aerospace, food refrigeration and building systems to support sustainable urbanization across the world;
• Requiring that UTC's preferred suppliers annually reduce their operational environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions; and
• Engaging the global community to promote policies and initiatives that achieve energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions to ensure a sustainable future.
Now that the climate policy framework is in place, technologies will lead the way. Buildings consume 40 percent of all energy in the world, making energy efficient building technologies more important than ever. Food waste would rank third in the world for greenhouse gas emissions if measured as a country, making sustainable food refrigeration technologies also more important than ever. And while aviation emissions will be covered by a different UN treaty, that didn’t stop us from developing the world’s most fuel efficient jet engine, which reduces commercial aircraft fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions by more than 16 percent.
UTC is uniquely positioned to help the world urbanize in a sustainable manner. As we have throughout our history, we remain committed to creating the smart, sustainable solutions our planet needs – as well as in support of this historic agreement.