From the very beginning, Carrier Corporation has been a natural leader. Not simply for the fact that we created an entirely new and innovative product, but because as we did so, we set the standard in environmental responsibility. At a time when sustainability wasn't on most minds, Carrier led the way. It was only natural.
Over time, Carrier helped pioneer a new industry, and then pioneered environmentally sensitive products while reducing its own impact on the environment. We recognize the responsible balance between the technology we provide today and the world we live in tomorrow.
Preservation of the environment and protecting our fi nite natural resources is a central tenet of our business. We've consistently demonstrated our adherence to these values by creating environmentally sound products that consume less energy and incorporate innovative materials.
Carrier is committed to reducing the greenhouse gas impact of our products through energy efficiency advancements and the refrigerants we use. Since 1994, we have led the industry in the phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants while introducing many of the world's most energy-efficient heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. At the same time, we've reduced the environmental impact of our operations.
Our environmental commitment extends well beyond our walls to our communities and the marketplace. Carrier is the only company in the world to be a founding member of the U.S., Argentina, China, India, Singapore and France Green Building Councils. In fact, Carrier was instrumental in launching the U.S. Green Building Council in 1993 and was the first company in the world to join the organization. Carrier's Rick Fedrizzi was the Council's first chairman, and later went on to lead the organization as president and CEO.
In 2008, Carrier was named as a formal international advisor to the China Green Building Council, having helped introduce the Green Building Council model to that country.
Today, Carrier continues to improve the environmental performance of our products, services, operations and culture to help achieve a sustainable society and protect the natural environment for generations to come.