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Our Commitment to Energy Efficient Technology
Corporate Responsibility

Our Commitment to Energy Efficient Technology

In both our commercial and aerospace businesses, we have significant opportunities to design the most innovative and sustainable technology.

Through our research and development (R&D) teams around the world, we are committed to creating the most energy efficient systems to benefit our customers and the environment.


Buildings account for almost 40 percent of the world’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

As a manufacturer of products used in many buildings, such as elevators and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) systems, we work to address the environmental impacts of buildings.
Otis’s Gen2 Elevator system and Carrier’s Evergreen® Cooling system are two examples of how our products are working to increase energy efficiency in today’s buildings. Read more about these innovative systems in CR in Depth.

Thought-leadership in the building sector

In 2009, UTC and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) created the Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA), a public-private initiative. The Academy runs a series of events every year across the United States, which connects project teams with sustainable design experts to advance green infrastructure and community development.

In 2010, teams of city commissioners, developers, and project architects from Seattle, WA, Chicago IL, and Washington, D.C. were paired with a resource team of nationally recognized sustainable design professionals. Each team was challenged to find ways to help their city use environmentally responsible, energy efficient and sustainable design.

Representatives from UTC’s Integrated Building Solutions took part in the events, offering their expertise and advice to participants as they tackled their sustainable design challenges.


Air travel accounts for a small, but growing percentage of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. We believe there this an important business opportunity to help the aerospace industry reduce its emissions through industry-leading technology.

One example is Sikorsky’s all-electric helicopter, Project Firefly, which is more efficient than traditional piston engine machines and represents the future of helicopter technology. Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1000G engine has been designed for the next generation of aircraft, and delivers double-digit reductions in fuel burn and emissions. Read more about our aerospace products in CR in Depth.