Environment, Health & Safety

UTC’s Environment, Health & Safety Program


Products designed with sustainability in mind can transform markets. From fuel and energy efficiency to improving the global cold chain, UTC products are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

  • Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan™ jet engines reduce fuel use by 16%, particulate emissions by 50% and noise footprint by 75%.
  • Otis’s Gen2® elevator uses 75% less energy than a traditional elevator when coupled with a regenerative drive.
  • Carrier’s NaturaLINE™ is the world’s first natural refrigerant technology for container refrigeration. The NaturaLINE unit incorporates carbon dioxide in place of conventional synthetic refrigerants to deliver best-in-class sustainability and efficiency.

To learn more about our sustainable products, visit our Sustainable Solutions page


Since 1997 UTC has increasingly employed sustainable environment, health and safety practices to improve the safety and health of our workforce, increase the efficiency, profitability and resiliency of our facilities, and reduce our regulatory compliance risks. Between 2006 and 2015, energy assessments at UTC facilities identified thousands of energy-saving opportunities. These and similar efforts resulted in:

  • 32% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • 37% reduction in water use
  • 65% reduction in chemical emissions
  • 43% reduction in waste

In the last 10, years these initiatives have combined for cost savings of more than $100 million. During the same period we reduced our workplace safety events by more than 63 percent from an already industry-leading baseline and have significantly reduced the need for employees to routinely require either hearing or respiratory protection as part of their workday.1

At UTC, we measure the success of our operations through key performance indicators. To learn more about our progress, visit our 2020 Sustainability Goals page.


By 2020, all of UTC’s Gold-level suppliers will be required to adopt 11 core sustainability practices, including:

  • Formal EH&S improvement commitments
  • Senior executive governance
  • Year-over-year reductions in energy, water and material use

Many of our suppliers already have best-in-class sustainability programs in place, and we look forward to the additional value that can be found by suppliers with new or evolving programs.

To learn more about our supplier program, visit our Supplier page.

Environment, Health & Safety Goals Performance

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS Million metric tons CO2e EHS_01_Greenhouse-Gas-Emissions
WORLDWIDE WATER CONSUMPTION Billion gals EHS_02_Worldwide-Water-Consumption
INDUSTRIAL PROCESS WASTE Million lbs EHS_03_Industrial-Process-Waste
NON-RECYCLED INDUSTRIAL PROCESS WASTE Million lbsEHS_04_NonRecycled-Industrial-Process-Waste
NON-GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS Million lbs EHS_05_NonGreenhouse-Gas-Emissions
LOST WORKDAY INCIDENT RATE Cases/100 employees EHS_06_Lost-Workday-Incident-Rate
TOTAL RECORDABLE INCIDENT RATE Cases/100 employees EHS_07_Total-Reportable-Incident-Rate

The increases in our 2013 environmental performance results reflect the addition of 100 former Goodrich sites to our EH&S management system.

UTC reporting standards include the ongoing analysis and correction of data, as applicable, following the close of a reporting period. Consequently, previously reported annual metric results may change between annual reporting periods, and UTC may include any prior-year data revisions in current reporting.

1 Actual levels of EH&S metrics reflect data reported quarterly by UTC sites through a centralized EH&S Reporting System that requires compliance with common reporting and quality assurance standards. Reported data are reviewed and consolidated by UTC business unit and corporate staff. UTC annually submits site energy use and greenhouse gas emissions data to an independent verification review based on International Standards Organization (ISO) standard 14064, Part 3 criteria for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions.