In an effort to reduce water usage, Carrier Malaysia’s Selangor facility added a zero-wastewater reverse osmosis component for coil rinsing purposes — a major activity in the production process. As a result, the facility’s water usage was cut by almost 420,000 gallons.
In addition to implementing water management best practices, the plant also installed waste treatment systems. Compared to its 2015 baseline, the factory reduced its hazardous waste generation by 37 percent. Meanwhile, 90 percent of its no -hazardous waste was treated to become recycled industrial waste.
Physical changes to the infrastructure have helped reduce the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions. By replacing 400-watt metal halide lightbulbs with LEDs, the factory reduced its energy usage by almost $20,000 per month and its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent overall. The LEDs produce less heat and are easier on employees’ eyes, resulting in an improved employee experience.
These changes required staff at various levels and functions to work together toward sustained improvements that are helping to meet UTC’s 2020 Sustainability Goals.