FARMINGTON, Conn., June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Against the backdrop of the June 5th United Nations' World Environment Day, environmental leader Carrier Corp. announced it will switch to using post-consumer recycled paper content in all of its U.S. locations. Post-consumer recycled paper is created from paper that has served its intended use and would otherwise be disposed of in a landfill or incinerator. This change at Carrier is projected to save over 600 tons of wood or 4,000 trees and 1.8 million gallons of water on an annual basis. In addition, Carrier will source paper for its U.S. operations from forests that are certified to sustainable standards. Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is the world's leader in high technology heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions, improving the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship.
"Carrier supports the relentless drive to conserve resources on World Environment Day and every day," said Carrier President Geraud Darnis. "Our new environmental paper program provides an additional opportunity to preserve resources and supports our fundamental belief that green products must start at a green company."
The timing of Carrier's announcement is particularly poignant as the United Nations 2011 World Environment Day theme is Forests: Nature at Your Service, and using recycled paper and promoting sustainable forestry practices reduces the pressure on the world's forests. Interestingly, Carrier's original 1902 design for modern air conditioning was an application for a Brooklyn printing plant which helped conserve paper by reducing scrap and rework in the printing process, improved efficiency and launched over a century of sustainable innovation.
Carrier's environmental paper program in the U.S. will require up to 30 percent recycled-content paper in product manuals, catalogs, literature, office copy paper, envelopes, business cards and other applications. Carrier's new procurement process also ensures that paper purchased be harvested from sustainably managed forests.
"We commend Carrier's commitment to an environmental paper program," said Corey Brinkema, president, Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) U.S. The FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. "One of the most effective ways for corporations to support environmental transformation is to adopt a green procurement policy which sources paper from forests and forest product producers certified by the FSC."
"We have always encouraged our employees to use paper resources efficiently and limit waste, but this initiative allows us to conserve resources on a larger, corporate scale," said John Mandyck, Carrier vice president for Sustainability & Environmental Strategies. "Carrier's environmental paper program demonstrates that we can make a big difference for our natural environment in the choice of products for our homes and businesses."
Carrier Corp. is the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and foodservice customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information.
About Forest Stewardship Council U.S.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. FSC was created in 1993 to help consumers and businesses identify products from well-managed forests. FSC sets standards by which forests are certified, offering credible verification to people who are buying wood and wood products. Because FSC is the gold standard for forest stewardship, it is the only certification system supported by the greater environmental community. 3,855 companies and 33.8 million acres of forestland are certified under FSC standards in the United States (130 million acres are FSC certified in North America). For more information visit www.fscus.org.