The awards presentation, held in Montreal, coincided with the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Montreal Protocol, which calls for a global elimination of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorcarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) used in air-conditioning and refrigeration products.
“We are truly honoured that EPA recognised Carrier’s environmental leadership with such a prestigious award,” said John Mandyck, Carrier’s vice president of government and international relations, who accepted the award.
Headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, Carrier is a unit of United Technologies Corp., the world’s largest provider of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. It is the parent company of Carrier Transicold, which provides industry-leading transport temperature control and anti-idling solutions with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, among other products.
In 1994, Carrier became the first company in the industry to phase out CFCs from air-conditioning systems worldwide – two years ahead of requirements in the US and 16 years ahead of mandates in developing countries.
Carrier Transicold’s environmental innovations for the trucking segment include Deltek hybrid diesel-electric refrigeration technology, which has a sealed refrigeration circuit that requires only half the refrigerant of conventional equipment, and the ComfortPro auxiliary power unit (APU), which dramatically reduces diesel emissions from idling vehicles. For the shipping industry, Carrier’s container refrigeration products all use non-ozone-depleting R-134a.
In addition to manufacturing greener products, since 1997 Carrier has doubled in size with no increase in energy consumption. Bob Meyers, principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, commented: “Environmental leading companies like Carrier demonstrate that global environmental protection can go hand in hand with economic growth.”