Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has signed an AlpEnergie 100 contract with GDF-SUEZ to provide cleaner energy sources for its factory in Montluel, France. The contract guarantees that 100 percent of the electricity supplied to the site is produced from renewable sources, such as hydro-electric and wind turbine.
Carrier Montluel is the first industrial site in France to use 100 percent green electricity. “This initiative demonstrates Carrier’s commitment to environmental stewardship and is another step in the process of supporting growth with sustainable development initiatives,” stated David Appel, president, Building Systems and Services, Europe, Middle East and Africa (BSS EMEA). “Energy conservation and the quality of energy were priorities in this process.”
An initial AlpEnergy 25 contract was signed in 2007 and resulted in nearly a 200 ton reduction in CO2 emissions. With this new contract, the company expects a further reduction of 800 tons of CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to the reduction of driving 6.7 million km in a car(1).
As part of the contract, TÜV-SÜD, an independent control and standards organization, will verify that the energy generated from renewable sources covers the full demand of the Montluel site at all times.
In addition to using energy from renewable sources, Carrier also contributes through the AlpEnergie 100 contract to Nature Option Energie (NOE), a French fund that finances research, development and construction of production means for new renewable energy sources.
“This contract reflects our commitment to seek more environmentally responsible sources, in addition to continuously improving the efficiency of our products,” said Didier Da Costa, director, Operations, Carrier BSS EMEA.
About Carrier Corp.
Carrier Corp., headquartered in Farmington, Conn., is the world’s largest provider of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. With 2007 revenues of $14.6 billion, Carrier has approximately 43,000 employees worldwide and operations in more than 170 countries. Carrier is part of United Technologies Corp., a Hartford, Connecticut-based provider of products and services to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.
(1) CO2 emission savings of 800 tonnes, comparison based on a car with CO2 emissions of 120 g/km