Delta: Carbon-neutral growth maintained for third year

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Atlanta, September 20, 2016:  Since 2012, Delta Air Lines has achieved carbon-neutral growth on all emissions – domestic flying, international flying and ground operations. To accomplish that goal, the airline improved aircraft fuel efficiency, invested in electric-powered tugs and explored the carbon market, all the while ensuring its carbon emissions did not exceed 2012 levels. The airline is currently the only U.S. carrier committed to carbon-neutral growth.

“For airlines, this can be done by reducing carbon emissions, through sustainable choices like investing in more fuel-efficient aircraftremoving unnecessary weight before flight and making sure the right plane is flying the right route,” said Christine Boucher, Delta’s Managing Director – Global Environment, Sustainability & Compliance.

But as flying continues to increase, fuel efficiency alone often isn’t enough to keep carbon emissions down. That’s when airlines opt to buy carbon offsets. Carbon offsets directly fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, like planting trees and preventing deforestation in the Amazon. “We purchase offsets as a company, but go one step further, offering customers an opportunity to get involved,” Boucher said.

Delta was the first U.S. carrier to offer customers a carbon offset program in 2007. This program gives customers not only the opportunity to evaluate the environmental impact of their flight but also a chance to take action. “Since 2012 Delta has joined its customers in offsetting our growth in carbon emissions, and through 2015 we will have purchased nearly 4 million offsets,” Boucher said. “That makes Delta one of the largest purchasers of voluntary carbon offsets.”

Not surprisingly, Delta’s biggest environmental impact comes from burning jet fuel, which accounts for 99 percent of its carbon footprint. However, the airline has made strides in lowering its total carbon emissions, reducing by 14 percent since 2005.

These achievements and others are highlighted in Delta’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report explores the airline’s environmental commitment, community involvement, employee relations, operational accountability and financial performance throughout last year. It can be accessed online at delta.com/responsibility.

Delta’s unique fleet strategy is highlighted in the Corporate Responsibility Report as an important component of how the airline has strengthened its financial performance while investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft, like the Airbus A321. Delta has decreased fuel burn per available seat mile by 6 percent since 2008. The report elaborates on plans to phase out some of the airline’s less fuel-efficient planes, like the Boeing 747 which will be retired by 2017, and move forward with an upgauging program that has eliminated 60 percent of the 50-seater product.

In the introductory letter, Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said, “This report tells the story of our ongoing commitment to being a good steward of the environment, a positive force in the communities we serve, and a great place to work and fly. Sustainability is driving us forward and will be a key element in Delta’s continued success.”

Source: Ashton Morrow/ Delta Air Lines

Neste: Expanding the Utilization of Residues to Produce Renewable Fuels

Putting poor quality waste fats into good use while keeping an eye on algae oil and waste plastic

Keilaranta, Finland, October 12, 2016: Neste has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues as a result of long-term work. As a pioneer in this field, Neste has already an exceptionally extensive portfolio of raw materials. The portfolio is actively developed with the aim of being expanded even further.

In particular, the company focuses on waste and residues that contain fat, which currently cover close to 80% of the raw materials of renewable products. “Having as extensive a portfolio of raw materials as possible provides flexibility, which we need as a global company to serve multiple markets and meet their special requirements. At the same time, Neste creates credibility and vitality for the entire biofuel industry by also creating possibilities for other companies to utilize diverse raw materials,” says Päivi Lintonen, Supply Development Manager from Neste’s Renewable Products business area. Lintonen is responsible for development work related to raw materials already utilized by Neste, such as developing the potential of the waste and residue streams of these materials.

Neste has been collecting fat from meat and fish processing industry’s slaughter and gutting waste from a number of sources globally for several years. Other significant sources on a global scale are fat residues and used cooking oil from the food industry and restaurants.

According to Lintonen, the aim is to be able to utilize raw materials of increasingly poor quality, for which there have not been significant uses so far. From the circular economy and sustainability point of view, the aim is naturally also to obtain more added value from raw materials that could otherwise end up being merely incinerated.  “When considering a new raw material, the first task is to ensure that it meets sustainability criteria – both those laid down in legislation and Neste’s own criteria, which are often even stricter. Only after this do we review how each raw material technically suits to be processed in our refineries.”

Many residues from the production of vegetable oils are suitable for use as raw materials for Neste’s renewable products. Such residues include, for example, palm fatty acid distillate consisting of free fatty acids, i.e. inedible rancid fats that are removed from food industry oil to improve taste, color and odor.

Technical corn oil, on the other hand, is a residue of corn-based ethanol production and the related production process for animal feed, and is not suitable for human consumption. By utilizing the residues of vegetable oil production, Neste’s raw material sourcing does not compete with food production; rather, it offers an emission-reducing and sustainable use for processing residues that are produced in any case in the food industry.

Another raw material worth mentioning is tall oil pitch, a residue produced in connection with the production of tall oil in the pulp industry, which Neste has already been using as a bio-component blended with fossil fuel. More extensive ways of utilizing it are being researched.

Looking into new ways to accelerate circular economy

“To ensure growth, we must have a perspective of ten years from now, when the world will probably look completely different. The waste- and residue-based fats and oils utilized in the current refineries are, to some extent, limited sources for which we must seek new alternatives,” says Päivi Paakkarinen, working on renewable raw materials not yet used by Neste.

Algae oil is one of the most important renewable future raw materials, one which Neste has already been researching for a long time and made sourcing preparations by making conditional off-take agreements with suppliers of algae oil, among other measures. Microalgae that produces algae oil are not yet cultivated on an industrial scale due to high costs. According to Paakkarinen, a promising process already exists, but finding suitable partners and a cooperation model are crucial issues.

“The required investments present a major challenge also for the utilization of forestry residues. More research work and technology developments are required before we can find a cost-efficient solution,” Paakkarinen explains, although also in this sector, Neste has already carried out internationally trailblazing work related to both the development of technology and refining of raw material.

According to Paakkarinen, increasing significance of the circular economy will inevitably be a future trend. “In our research, we also investigate the suitability of a wide range of recycled raw materials, such as waste plastic, as raw material for our refining. This way, waste material can be returned to circulation and reused several times.”

 Expanding the Utilization of Residues

Expanding the Utilization of Residues

Source: Neste

Airports Going Green Conference 2016

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Schiphol to host international conference on sustainable aviation

 Schiphol, July, 2016: The Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will host the upcoming Airports Going Green (AGG) conference for 2016. The AGG is a aviation industry’s leading forum on sustainability. The conference has been held annually in Chicago since 2008, hosted by the Chicago Department of Aviation and the American Association of Airport Executives. This year, the conference will take place in the Netherlands for the first time. It will be hosted by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at the Hilton Amsterdam Airport, from October 31 to November 2, as part of its centennial celebrations.

The conference theme is sustainable encounters’. It posits that an international network of sustainability experts is important in order to really make a difference in the aviation industry. Conference topics will include emissions, the passenger journey, purpose over profit and the circular economy. Each of these themes will be addressed during our 3-day program. There will be exceptional keynote speeches from airports, airlines and other industries to inspire and engage the audience with their vision, successes and challenges.

Two of the speakers will be Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council of Sustainable Development and Bertrand Piccard of Solar Impulse. SkyNRG, Tesla and Siemens, as well as large international airports, will address participants and take part in interactive sessions during the conference.

In addition, Airport CEO’s and government officials will meet to discuss joint solutions for the sustainability challenges that lie ahead. Airports that have done their utmost to reach their sustainability targets will be presented with their annual Airports Going Green Award.

Delegates from all continents will be present at AGG 2016 in Amsterdam. This conference offers an ideal platform to facilitate a global transition toward a more sustainable aviation industry. Program and speaker updates will be regularly posted on the conference website at www.airportsgoinggreen.org.

Source: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

‘Balance 2016’: Lufthansa Group publishes 22nd Sustainability Report

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Average of 3.84 liters of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometers

Frankfurt, 14 July 2016: The Lufthansa Group published its 22nd sustainability report today. For over two decades the Group has been communicating important issues of corporate responsibility under the title “Balance”. At the beginning of 2016, the Lufthansa Group once again carried out a stakeholder survey in order to prioritize and further develop the key sustainability issues in a dialogue with the numerous stakeholders. The result of the extensive survey is illustrated in the report in a so-called materiality matrix.

Changing the working environment

As a service-providing corporation, motivated and well trained employees are essential to the Lufthansa Group. The sustainability report’s priority subject “Changing working environment” thus places employees up front and shows how the Group reacts to the ever-changing conditions with diverse ideas and programs. The aim is to continually offer an attractive working environment to those working on the ground and in the air, in order to inspire existing and future talent for the globally active aviation Group. This also includes offers which enable employees and managers to have a balanced professional and private life. More than 120,000 people currently work for the Lufthansa Group and in 2016, the aviation corporation will employ 4,000 new employees, of which 2,800 will be flight attendants.

With the recently launched Diversity@LHGroup project, which increasingly places management in focus, the Lufthansa Group is campaigning for more variety in management levels which also includes the sustainable increase of the percentage of women in management positions. During the report year, this figure rose worldwide by 0.7 percentage points to 14.9 percent and in Germany by 0.2 percentage points to 16.2 percent.

Solid environmental balance – further successes in sight

In 2015, the specific fuel consumption of the passenger airlines could be held at the previous year’s record value (an average of 3.84 litres of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometres) despite a 1.1 percentage point lower load factor. The Lufthansa Group continues to work diligently on improving its environmental footprint and has, for example, implemented more than 500 fuel efficiency programs since 2013 including numerous plans to reduce weight such as, for example, 30,000 lightweight on-board trolleys. “A key point on our agenda is our responsibility to protect climate and the environment. This is reflected in the diverse programs that follow the established four-pillar strategy, which comprises technological, operative, infrastructural and economic measures”, stated Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG, in the foreword to the report.

Continuous investment in new technologies

The most effective lever for flying responsibly in the future is investment in new technologies. In 2016 alone, the Lufthansa Group will receive 52 especially fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft. The Airbus A320neo and Bombardier CSeries aircraft models are world premieres and herald in a new era of ecologically-efficient flying. Moreover, in winter 2016, Lufthansa will receive the first Airbus A350-900, the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft. In order to improve the travel experience for Lufthansa Group passengers even further, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group have once again implemented numerous service optimizations in 2015. “Balance” also informs about “sustainability along the travel experience” and introduces measures and offers in the area of product responsibility, including electronic boarding cards, eJournals, offers for intermodality as well as voluntary CO2 compensation.

In the area of social commitment, the focus of citizenship activities in 2015 was on helping refugees. The Lufthansa Group together with the Help Alliance employee charity organization uses a three stage concept. This comprises projects of development cooperation, concrete emergency relief and sustainable integration projects at large corporate sites in Germany. Link to “Balance” special and ePaper: https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/themen/balance-2016

Source: Lufthansa

Alaska Flies on Gevo’s Renewable Alcohol to Jet Fuel

Biofuel-powered flights demonstrate new, scalable aviation fuel alternative

Seattle, June 7, 2016: The skies became a little greener today after two Alaska Airlines jets departed the Emerald City (Seattle) fueled by the first alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) made from sustainable U.S. corn. The two Alaska Airlines flights departed today with Gevo, Inc.  fuel and flew from Seattle to San Francisco International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

“Alaska is committed to doing its part to reduce its carbon emissions. Advancing the use of alternative jet fuels is a key part of our emission reduction strategy,” said Joseph Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ senior vice president of communications and external relations. “Gevo’s jet fuel product is an important step forward, in that it has the potential to be scalable and cost effective, without sacrificing performance.”
While the 1,500 gallons of biofuel used on these flights have a minimal impact to Alaska Airlines’ overall greenhouse gas emissions, if the airline were able to replace 20 percent of its entire fuel supply at Sea-Tac Airport, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 142,000 metric tons of CO2. This is equivalent to taking approximately 30,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Alaska estimates the 20 percent biofuel blend it is using for the two flights will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an estimated 50 percent. The demonstration flights mark the first biofuel produced from a new feedstock to be certified and approved by ASTM International, the industry’s fuel standards association, since 2011. Additionally, today’s flights are a successful step toward the production of new fuels that will help airlines to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Gevo’s production process converts bio-based isobutanol into an alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) fuel.

When compared to other fuel options, Gevo believes that its renewable ATJ has the potential to offer benefits to operating cost, capital cost, feedstock availability and scalability, and will translate across geographies.
“Flying a commercial flight with our ATJ made from renewable resources has been a vision of ours for many years, and it has taken many years of work to get this far,” said Gevo CEO Pat Gruber. “We believe our technology has the potential to be the lowest cost, renewable carbon-based jet fuel, given the efficiency of our technology. We look forward to moving forward with Alaska, and others in the airline industry, to make renewable jet fuel widely successful as a product that substitutes for fossil fuels, and ultimately helps to reduce carbon emissions.”

Renewable fuel

The renewable fuel is made from sustainable corn grown and harvested by farmers who incorporate sustainable best practices from seed to harvest, including David Kolsrud of The Funding Farm. Using advanced farming techniques to maximize corn production and minimize the use of water, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, Kolsrud began low carbon farming at his farm in Brandon, South Dakota in 2010. “I grow non-edible field corn and sell it to Gevo, which separates the nutritional protein portion of the corn for animal feed and then converts the starch from the kernel to isobutanol, which is then converted to jet fuel,” said Kolsrud. “This practice is a game-changer for traditional farmers like me, as this allows us to extend the use of our crop and create new jobs that frankly didn’t exist six years ago.”

Alaska Airlines has been a leader in seeking more sustainable fuels and these flights are part of the company’s long-term commitment to its sustainability strategy. The Seattle-based company was the first U.S. airline to fly multiple commercial passenger flights using a biofuel from used cooking oil. The carrier flew 75 flights between Seattle and Washington, D.C. and Seattle and Portland in November 2011.

Additionally, Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest. In the coming months, Alaska will fly a demonstration flight using 1,000 gallons of Gevo’s ATJ being produced by the NARA team and its many partners.

Alaska

Alaska has set an ambitious goal of using sustainable aviation biofuel on all flights at one or more of its primary airports by 2020. In a step toward meeting this milestone, Alaska is collaborating with Boeing and the Port of Seattle on a Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Read more about Alaska’s sustainability efforts at alaskaair.com/sustainability.

Source: Alaska Airlines

Delta: One of Newsweek’s Greenest

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Top airline spot for global companies

Atlanta, June 3, 2016: Delta claimed the 44th spot for U.S. companies, leading all other airlines, in the 2016 ‘Newsweek Green Rankings’, one of the world’s foremost corporate environmental rankings. The airline also nabbed the top airline spot for global companies, ranking 85th.

“Delta people are implementing processes and systems to minimize our carbon footprint across the company,” said Christine Boucher, Delta’s Managing Director – Global Environment and Sustainability. “Our ranking improved 30 spots over last year’s U.S. performance and 40 spots globally, further validating the work we are doing to be more environmentally responsible and fuel efficient.”

Newsweek Green Rankings assesses the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and the 500 largest publicly-traded companies globally on overall environmental performance. “In the current global business and political climate, no company can continue to ignore its environmental footprint,” said Newsweek’s Senior Editor, Elijah Wolfson. “There’s good news: Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings show that the world’s biggest companies are improving when it comes to energy productivity and in limiting greenhouse gas emissions.” Delta continues to minimize its environmental impact by investing in more fuel-efficient aircraftusing electric-powered tugsupdating facilities for energy efficiencies and involving employees in finding new ways to go green on the ground and in the air.

Source: Delta Air Lines, Ashton Morrow

Vienna Airport Honored with the EMAS Award 2016

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Environmental management key aspect of corporate strategy

Vienna, May 20, 2016: Sustainability and reducing energy consumption are key corporate objectives of Flughafen Wien AG. Following its successful certification, the Vienna Airport operating company received the EMAS Award for Exemplary Environmental Management on May 19, 2016 from Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister of the Environment.

“Saving energy, the prudent use of natural resources and a comprehensive waste management system are particularly important to Flughafen Wien AG as an infrastructure company, and a key aspect of our corporate strategy. We are very pleased to receive this recognition for our professional work and energy efficiency gains in the form of the EMAS Award 2016”, say Günther Ofner and Julian Jäger, Members of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG. “We have defined very ambitious goals up until the year 2020 to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and all areas in the company are working on achieving these targets.”

Minister Rupprechter noted the example set by the certification companies. “The business community is an important partner of the government’s environmental policy. EMAS-certified firms rank among the most innovative in their respective sectors, and continually implement measures to achieve their environmental targets. We have a leading position here in Europe.“

Vienna Airport focuses on environmental management
Vienna Airport, with more than 20,000 employees on site, is one of the largest employers in Eastern Austria. It recently implemented a comprehensive energy efficiency program encompassing more than 100 measures. For example, CO2 emissions over the last three years were cut by about 20%, and energy consumption per traffic unit was reduced by about 12%. Within the context of using large areas of roof space, two new photovoltaic plants are close to being completed, with plans to steadily expand photovoltaic use in the future. Electromobility is being expanded to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A total of 30 electric-powered catering trucks will be purchased to replace diesel-driven vehicles over the next few years. Moreover, a carpooling platform called Drive2VIE was created in 2015 to encourage employees at the Vienna flight hub to increasingly commute in car pools.

EMAS: Comprehensive certification system for sustainability
The “Eco-Management and Audit Scheme” (EMAS) is a certification system developed by the European Union for companies and organizations aiming to continually improve their environmental management and sustainability-oriented behavior. EMAS shows the ecological and economic optimization potential to reduce consumption of operating materials and energy and cut costs. The objectives are to continuously improve corporate environmental management and ensure the responsible handling of natural resources, people and the environment. In order to highlight the exemplary environmental management of Austrian companies, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) initiated the EMAS Award in the year 1995. All EMAS-registered companies and organizations in Austria are entitled to participate in this competition. A jury of experts from business, public administration and science judge the entries and chose the award winners.

Source: Flughafen Wien AG

Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems

Airbus Group and Siemens Sign Long-Term Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Hybrid Electric
Propulsion Systems

  • Both companies take significant joint development decision
  • Assemble joint development team of some 200 employees
  • Target: breakthrough innovation in aerospace e-mobility

Munich, April 7, 2016 – Airbus Group (stock exchange symbol: AIR) and Siemens
(stock exchange symbol: SIE) have signed a collaboration agreement in the field of
hybrid electric propulsion. In doing so, the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of both
companies, Tom Enders and Joe Kaeser, have launched a major joint project
towards the electrification of aviation with the goal of demonstrating the technical
feasibility of various hybrid/electric propulsion systems by 2020. Both companies will
be making significant contributions into the project and have sourced a team of
around 200 employees to advance European leadership in innovation and the
development of electrically powered aircraft.
“Electric and electric-hybrid flight represent some of the biggest industrial challenges
of our time, aiming at zero-emissions aviation. The progress we have achieved in
this arena, together with our industrial and governmental partners, in only a few
years is breath-taking, culminating in last year’s channel crossing of our all-electric
E-Fan aircraft. Big thanks today particularly to the Bavarian Government and
Minister Aigner for their support here in Ottobrunn”, said Tom Enders, CEO of
Airbus Group. “We believe that by 2030 passenger aircraft below 100 seats could be
propelled by hybrid propulsion systems and we are determined to explore this
possibility together with world-class partners like Siemens.”
“By entering the field of highly innovative aircraft propulsion technology, we’re
opening a new chapter in E-Mobility. Collaboration with Airbus Group will create new
perspectives for our company and open us up even more to disruptive innovation,”
said Siemens President and CEO Joe Kaeser. “The undertaking will be an important
project under the umbrella of our so-called Innovation AG. As previously announced,
the aim of this unit is to cooperate with innovative partners in order to identify and
invest in new trends and develop future-oriented business opportunities. These
partners may include entrepreneurs from Siemens’ own employee environment,
external start-ups and established companies.”

Siemens-Chef Joe Kaeser (links) und Airbus-CEO Tom Enders haben am 7.April in Ottobrunn bei München eine entsprechende Kooperationsvereinbarung unterzeichnet. Das Ziel: bis zum Jahr 2020 die technische Machbarkeit verschiedener hybrid-elektrischer Antriebssysteme nachzuweisen. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (left) and Airbus CEO Tom Enders have signed a cooperation agreement near Munich/Germany on April 7. The agreement lays out the goal of demonstrating the technical feasibility of different kinds of hybrid-electric propulsion systems by the year 2020.

Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (left) and Airbus CEO Tom Enders have signed a cooperation agreement near Munich/Germany on April 7. The agreement lays out the goal of demonstrating the technical feasibility of different kinds of hybrid-electric propulsion systems by the year 2020.

Hybrid-electric propulsion systems can significantly reduce fuel consumption of
aircraft and reduce noise. European emissions targets aim for a 75 percent
reduction of CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to the values for the year 2000.
These ambitious goals cannot be achieved by conventional technologies.
Airbus Group and Siemens plan to jointly develop prototypes for various propulsion
systems with power classes ranging from a few 100 kilowatts up to 10 and more
megawatts, i.e. for short, local trips with aircraft below 100 seats, helicopters or
UAVs up to classic short and medium-range journeys.
Both companies together with Austria’s Diamond Aircraft initially presented a hybrid
aircraft back in 2011. Since then, Siemens has been developing an electric engine
for aircraft which supplies five times as much power while retaining the same weight.
Airbus Group has been gathering operational experience with electrically powered
aircraft since 2014 with the E-Fan, a full electric two-seater dedicated to training
pilots. This success has been achieved together with various industrial partners and
steadfast support of the French government.
Airbus Group intends to accelerate with the extended capabilities of the planned
E-Aircraft System House at Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site the development of
components and system technologies.
Siemens is determined to establish hybrid-electric propulsion systems for aircraft as
a future business. The partners have agreed to collaborate exclusively in selected
development areas. In parallel, both partners will continue to work together with their
current partners for small aircraft with fewer than 20 seats.
Source: Airbus Group http://www.airbusgroup.com

United Technologies Receives U.S. National Climate Leadership Award

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Geared Turbofan: 16 percent improvement in fuel efficiency

Farmington, Conn., March 18, 2016: United Technologies Corp. has received a 2016 Climate Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

UTC was recognized in the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management category for Goal Achievement in meeting its annual greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. By the end of 2015, the company reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 930,000 metric tons compared to a 2006 baseline, or the equivalent of removing nearly 196,000 cars from the road for one year.

“Since 1997, UTC has tripled its revenues while reducing greenhouse gases 34 percent, demonstrating that sustainability works,” said United Technologies Chief Sustainability Officer John Mandyck. “For more than three decades, we’ve taken a comprehensive approach to incorporate sustainability into our products, operations and culture. We’re honored to receive this recognition, and proud to continue these efforts as outlined in our 2020 sustainability goals.”

UTC’s 2020 sustainability goals encompass business operations, products and suppliers. The 2020 sustainability goals target a further 25 percent reduction in water usage and a further 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from current levels over the next five years. This places the company on a trajectory for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in line with United Nations targets.

In addition to reducing greenhouse gases in its operations, UTC is innovating with new sustainable products, such as its Geared Turbofan jet engine that sets a new benchmark with a 16 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

“I am proud to distinguish United Technologies for its outstanding actions and dedication to reduce harmful carbon pollution that leads to climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the UTC website or follow on Twitter: @UTC.

Source: UTC

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