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United Technologies Joins White House Pledge to Act on Climate Change

​Committed to reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050

FARMINGTON, Conn., Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) has signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, joining the White House and more than 150 companies across the United States in pledging to lower carbon emissions.

"United Technologies has been a leader in sustainability and energy efficiency since we set baselines for our environmental performance goals three decades ago," UTC President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes said. "By joining the White House pledge, we are continuing that longstanding commitment to building a greener and more sustainable future."

As part of its climate pledge, UTC is extending its 30-year legacy of leadership by recommitting to its current trajectory of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent before 2050. This initiative directly supports the goals of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Other key aspects of UTC's climate action agenda include:

  • Advancing the environmental sustainability and energy efficiency of UTC's technologies in its aerospace, food refrigeration and building products and systems to support sustainable urbanization across the world.
  • Requiring that UTC's preferred suppliers annually reduce their operational environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Engaging the global community to promote policies and initiatives that achieve energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions to ensure a sustainable future.

"We are committed to remaining leaders in maximizing the environmental technologies in our products while minimizing the environmental footprint of our operations and supply chain," Hayes said.

The process of integrating sustainability into UTC's business strategy began in 1988 when the company first set the baseline for its environmental performance goals. Since then, UTC's program has evolved into a comprehensive strategy that includes absolute annual reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

The company also has been an outspoken advocate for energy efficient building practices. In 1993, UTC became the first company to help found and join the U.S. Green Building Council, which has helped lead the global transformation for a more sustainable built environment. In addition, UTC continues to invest aggressively to develop game-changing products that are dependable and energy efficient.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. Our businesses include Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, UTC Climate, Controls & Security and Otis. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter: @UTC. For more information on United Technologies' sustainability efforts, visit


Kate Ruppar



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