In many ways, 2015 featured many successes in sustainability. Both the United States and United Nations recognized the reduction of food waste as an important climate mitigation strategy. We received great news in a new report by Dodge Data & Analytics®, showing that green building continues to double every three years. And in November, Pratt and Whitney’s fuel-efficient PurePower engines successfully powered the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) in its first flight.
As we look ahead in 2016, I’m looking forward to continuing this momentum. Some of you may have already made your New Year’s resolution. At United Technologies, here’s what we’re planning for sustainability:
1. We’ll be releasing new 5-year goals for sustainability, building on our 3-decade legacy of lowering the environmental footprint of our global operations. Look for our announcement in the first quarter showcasing the innovative rigor we bring to sustainability goals.
2. We’ll be putting our climate policy position to action by working with countries to help meet new greenhouse gas reductions commitments under COP21. Energy efficient, low global warming building, aviation and food refrigeration technologies have a powerful role to play to help the world urbanize in a sustainable manner.
3. We’ll demonstrate how green aviation starts with green technology development and break-through green product introductions from green factories. There’s no better example than the world’s most fuel efficient jet engine, lowering fuel burn by 16 percent while reducing particulates by 50 percent and noise by 75 percent.
4. We’ll continue efforts to accelerate energy efficient, green buildings around the world and look forward to working with Harvard to build upon the seminal research conducted last year connecting the cognitive benefits of green buildings. It turns out intelligence is in the air when people breathe the right air, and that better thinking can be achieved in better buildings.
5. We’ll continue connecting the global dialogue to reduce food waste so we can extend food supplies to feed more people, while avoiding growing environmental emissions associated with food production. Did you know that if emerging economies had the same level of food refrigeration technologies as the developed world, the net greenhouse gas reductions associated with food waste could be greater than 50 percent?
A new year brings a renewed focus on sustainability, and there’s a lot of work to do. But everyone has the power to act. Whether you’re saving energy or wasting less food, every action can help lessen climate emissions and preserve our planet’s resources – helping to ensure a sustainable future for all generations.
What’s your #sustainability resolution for 2016? Share in the comments below or let me know @JohnMandyck!