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Environment, Health & Safety

Environment, Health & Safety

UTC’s Environment, Health and Safety program proves that sustainable performance provides material benefits to the environment, our workplace, and our company’s bottom line.​



UTC’s primary customer markets are in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. Globally, our aviation, energy efficient buildings and food supply chain customers face two decades of rapid growth as the world's population goes from 7 to 9 billion, becomes 70% urbanized and expands the middle class by 2 billion new members. While the opportunities are unprecedented, so are some of the challenges, including the potential impact and pressures these markets impose on the environment and competition for diminishing natural resources. For example, commercial aviation emits 2% and buildings upward of 35% of global GHG emissions. The 1.3 billion tonnes of annual food waste, if a country, would be the 3rd largest global source of GHG emissions, adding 3.3 billion metric tonnes CO2e   annually into the atmosphere. These impacts are profound, and sustainable business practices will be essential if the successful transformation of these markets is to proceed unimpeded.


Since 1997 UTC has increasingly employed sustainable environment, health and safety practices to improve the safety and health of our workforce, increase the efficiency, profitability and resiliency of our facilities, and reduce our regulatory compliance risks.

Applied thoughtfully, sustainable practices can provide  excellent operational advantages. Through a facility energy audit program UTC has identified thousands of cost effective energy-savings opportunities that reduced our absolute use of energy and associated GHG emissions by over 30%. We’ve also realized an over 55% absolute reduction in the water we use, and similar reductions in the waste we generate and air chemical emissions released to the environment. These initiatives combine for year-over-year annual operating cost savings of more than $67 million. At the same time we’ve reduced our workplace safety events by over 85% from an already industry-leading baseline, and have worked hard to significantly reduce the need for employees to routinely require either hearing or respiratory protection as part of their workday. 


All parts of our value chain benefit from sustainable practices. Sustainably designed products can help transform markets. Consider, for example, Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® geared turbofan engines. GTF’s provide our customers with 16% lower fuel use and GHG emissions, 50% lower air pollutant emissions and 75% less noise. All of these attributes will be exceptionally valuable as global commercial aviation continues on its planned trajectory of doubling by 2035 while responsibly managing its GHG and other environmental impacts. Similarly, the Otis Gen2 elevator with regenerative drives can provide combined energy savings to building owners and tenants of up to 75%. And  since 50% of the food that is wasted around the globe would benefit from greater refrigeration, Carrier’s sustainable cold chain products – such as the CO2OLtec and NaturaLINE refrigeration systems for retail and ocean containers – demonstrate the power of sustainable technology to help solve vexing market challenges.


The value provided by sustainability isn’t unique to UTC, and we expect our key suppliers to employ sustainable practices to improve profitability and business resilience. The EH&S footprint of UTC’s supply base is significantly larger than our own, and presents an exciting opportunity for improving the financial and sustainability performance in each link of our value chain. By the end of 2019, UTC’s Gold level suppliers will be required to have adopted 11 sustainability practices, including formal commitments, senior executive governance, and year-over- year improvements in their use of energy, water and material resources. Many of our suppliers already have best-in-class sustainability programs in place, and we look forward to the additional value that can be developed by suppliers with new or evolving programs.

Our Performance

UTC efforts undertaken between 2006 and 2014 have resulted in several significant environmental and workplace safety impact reductions.

Gas Emissions

Gas Emissions

Process Waste

-33%Worldwide Water

-69%Lost Workday
Incident Rate

-56%Total Recordable
Incident Rate

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