Our Sustainability Goals

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2020 Sustainability Goals

Every five years we establish quantifiable environmental and safety goals. Developed in collaboration with our business units and reviewed and approved by senior management and our Board of Directors, our goals are focused on areas where we can make meaningful improvements and inspire our employees to build on our more than 20-year EH&S legacy. Our goals measure progress in absolute terms against a baseline year and are not adjusted for organic increases or decreases in production.

Our Progress to Date

We continuously work to implement sustainable solutions in the design of our products and in our operations, and encourage suppliers, customers and employees to achieve ever greater sustainable outcomes. Learn about our factory goals and performance below.

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

2020 GOAL 15%

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

15% Reduction in GHG Emissions

Reduction in GHG Emissions (Million Metric Tons CO2e)

 

Our commitment to reduce energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is informed by climate change science, the regulatory landscape and our experience in implementing targeted programs across our global manufacturing facilities. Since 2006, we have set an annual expectation that our operations achieve a 3 percent absolute reduction in their GHG emissions. This goal is consistent with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidance on the annual GHG emissions reductions necessary to limit average global atmospheric temperature increases to a maximum of 2°C by 2100. Based on our experience and organizational footprint, efficiency improvements in United Technologies’ use of energy represent the greatest opportunity for us to reduce our GHG emissions. Since 2010, we have invested $150 million in over 1,200 energy efficiency and GHG reduction projects. This has led to an avoidance of 165,000 metric tons of CO2e from operations.

Case Study: Pratt & Whitney Springdale, Ark.

Reduce Water Consumption

2020 GOAL 25%

Reduce Water Consumption

25% Reduction in Water Use

Reduction in Water Use (Billion Gallons)

Like other companies, United Technologies faces increasing global water supply risks due to localized and recurrent drought, competition for water in water constrained water sheds, climate change and municipal infrastructure limitations. Reducing our water use decreases the potential for business disruption while helping to protect scarce resources. Shortages can be brought on by unplanned weather-related issues, excessive cost and competition for limited, community water supplies or regulatory restrictions that restrict access in water-vulnerable jurisdictions. Our 2020 goal commits us to reduce our water use by 25 percent, compared to 2015 baseline levels. We report on our water risk management and conservation program progress annually through the CDP.

 

Case Study: Collins Aerospace Santa Fe Springs, California

Implement Water Best Management Practices

2020 GOAL 100%

Implement Water Best Management Practices

Implement Water Management Best Practices


For 2020, we also introduced a new goal targeting the implementation of water best management practices (BMPs) at our manufacturing facilities, including a water balance and leak detection program. We established site-specific goals that align with a site’s size and its water scarcity category and that require the implementation of up to eight additional BMPs.

Reduce Hazardous Waste Generation

2020 GOAL 10%

Reduce Hazardous Waste Generation

10% Reduction in Hazardous Waste

Reduction in Hazardous Waste (Million Pounds)

Hazardous waste represents less than 10 percent of our total waste volume and poses the greatest potential risk to the environment. The risks also extend to the required regulatory compliance and the overall cost of managing waste reduction. To ensure the appropriate focus, our 2020 goal requires each business unit, regardless of its growth, to reduce its generation of hazardous waste by 2 percent per year when compared to our 2015 baseline level.

Case Study: Carrier Malaysia

Increase Waste Recycling Rate

2020 GOAL 90%

Increase Waste Recycling Rate

90% Recycling of Industrial Waste

Recycling of Industrial Waste

More than 90 percent of the waste we generate each year is non-hazardous and includes commodities such as metal, wood, paper and glass. Our 2020 goal aims for 90 percent recycling of industrial waste across our factories and operations. This goal is the latest iteration of our historic commitment to recycling, which was first quantified in a formal target in 2006.

Case Study: Collins Aerospace GOALZERO

Eliminate Use of Chlorinated and Brominated Solvents

2020 GOAL 100%

Eliminate Use of Chlorinated and Brominated Solvents

100% Reduction in Chlorinated and Brominated Solvent Air Emissions

Reduction in Chlorinated and Brominated Solvent Air Emissions (Thousand Pounds)

Between 2006 and 2015 we reduced our use of more than 75 targeted chemicals, including volatile organic compounds, by 70 percent or more. In 2015, we set a 2020 goal to focus on a handful of the original chemicals that still remained in use, and that represented a significant risk to worker safety and air emissions stewardship. Our 2020 goal targets the elimination of air emissions from the use of eight specific chlorinated or brominated solvent chemicals if used above a level greater than 100 pounds per year.

Reduce Ergonomic Risk

2020 GOAL 50%

Reduce Ergonomic Risk

50% Reduction in High and 50% Reduction in Medium Ergonomic Risks

High Ergonomic Risk & Medium Ergonomic Risk

Ergonomic hazards represent the biggest risk of injury for United Technologies’ employees. We know we can reduce future injury by eliminating these risks. Our goal is to reduce ergonomic risks assessed at high or medium by 50 percent by 2020, as measured by a formal ergonomic risk assessment.

Reduce Workers’ Exposure to Hazardous Substances

2020 GOAL 100%

Reduce Workers’ Exposure to Hazardous Substances

100% Reduction in Workplace Exposure from Carcinogenic, Reproductive Toxic and
Endrocrine Disruptive Chemicals


 

Our 2020 hazardous substance goal builds on the significant progress we’ve made in reducing employee workplace hazards. Recent efforts enabled us to reduce exposures to chemicals and noise for approximately 80 percent of our employees to levels which do not require the use of personal protective equipment. In 2015, we expanded the program to reduce potential employee exposures to chemicals that are carcinogens, reproductive toxins and endocrine disruptors (CREs) to levels below regulatory requirements. Our goal is to reduce hazardous substance exposure levels to less than 50 percent of occupational exposure levels* or to a qualitative exposure assessment score of moderate or below.

 

* Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL) are defined as the lowest of the following: the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Values, or manufacturer recommended or regulatory exposure limit for chemical, physical and biological agents. Note that the implementation of workplace control measures (substitution, engineering controls or administrative controls) is required in situations where exposures exceed the OEL. Respiratory protection is provided to ensure 100% of employee exposures are below the OEL where engineering controls and administrative controls have not achieved the desired reductions.

 

 

Level I Mistake Proofing Safety Controls

Level I Mistake Proofing Safety Controls

Level I mistake proofing is a corrective action process designed to eliminate the possibility of health and safety event recurrences. Corrective actions could include the re-engineering of work processes or the introduction of specialized tools to facilitate specific tasks. Our 2020 goal requires an increase in the application of Level I mistake proofing methods to mitigate fatal, serious or lost day incidents.

EH&S Compliance Goals

Consistent with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, UTC’s goals and targets are adjusted to reflect the impact of acquired companies at the time of acquisition and to remove divested companies from UTC’s measured performance. For example, goals and actual performance were recalibrated in 2013 to account for the Goodrich acquisition and in 2015 to reflect the sale of Sikorsky. UTC’s goals and targets are not adjusted for the opening of new facilities due to organic growth or for the closing of facilities without a divestiture. Actual levels reflect data reported quarterly by UTC sites under common reporting and quality standards. Reported data are reviewed and consolidated by UTC’s Corporate Office. UTC annually submits site energy use and greenhouse gas emissions data for independent review based on International Standards Organization 14064 Part 3 criteria for the validation of greenhouse gas assertions.
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