When it comes to the environment, United Technologies is taking on big projects and doing them the right way. We advance green aviation through sustainable manufacturing processes, energy-efficient jet engines and advanced aerospace systems that make aircraft more connected and intelligent than ever before. We are a leader in the green building movement, with products and processes that keep people safe, productive and on the move. We work aggressively to avoid food waste by developing technologies that keep food fresh and safe for consumption—on the road, at sea and in the market. We do what is good for the planet as well as what is good for our communities, customers, employees and shareowners.
In 35 years, the world’s population is expected to grow by 35 percent to some nine billion people, most of whom will live in cities. Population growth and urbanization are redefining societies and economies, with significant implications for the environment. The Race to 9 Billion podcast series explores sustainability in a rapidly growing and urbanizing world, and the innovations that will help shape tomorrow. The Race to 9 Billion podcast is available on iTunes, GooglePlay and www.racetoninebillion.com.
Most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors. And 90 percent of the true operating cost of a building comes from the salaries and benefits of the people inside it. Prompted by United Technologies, these statistics led researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University to question: What if green buildings not only could save energy and water but also improve productivity for people working inside? The subsequent COGfx studies help fill key knowledge gaps in this important area, linking indoor environmental quality with decision-making test scores to accelerate green building adoption. The first study found a doubling of cognitive function test scores for participants working in a simulated optimized green building. The second study examined real-world building environments in the United States and showed that employees in green certified buildings showed 26 percent higher cognitive function test scores and 30 percent fewer sick building symptoms versus high-performing buildings that were not green certified. The third study will recruit 100 office buildings from around the world to be part of a new, first-of-its-kind research to examine the effects of global indoor environments on employee productivity and health. Primary support for the studies came from United Technologies and its UTC Climate, Controls & Security business.
There are approximately 29,000 aircraft in service today. By 2030, that number is projected to reach 47,000. How do we ensure sustainable flight? At United Technologies, we are developing environmental solutions that begin in the factory with our manufacturing processes, proceed to the air with the most efficient, connected aircraft on the market, and are on the ground with airport building products that save energy and deliver comfort.
As more people move into cities, United Technologies and National Geographic have launched an initiative to raise awareness of the need for sustainable urbanization. Urban Expeditions explores smart and sustainable solutions for urban development with a special emphasis on transportation, green buildings and food systems.