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%, NOx 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™ units are 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.

Within our own operations, we tripled our revenues over the past 20 years while reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent and water consumption by 60 percent. 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.

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.