8 Technologies that are Making the World More Sustainable
For Earth Day, we're taking a closer look at how energy efficiency inspires innovation
Good business, economic growth, and responsibility can – and must – go hand in hand. With nearly 50 percent of our revenue linked to energy efficiency, Honeywell can help the world face its energy challenges.
Our roots in energy efficiency began more than 125 years ago. Since then, our continued innovations have cemented us as a global industry leader.
Here are some ways that Honeywell is making a difference.
Solstice yf Refrigerant
What: An award-winning, mobile air conditioning refrigerant that is currently being used in more than 20 million cars.
Why it’s helping make the world more sustainable: Independent studies show that widespread use of Solstice yf would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing more than 30 million cars from the roads worldwide, or approximately 3 percent of the total global fleet.
Thermostat Recycling Corporation
What: In 1998, Honeywell and other industry partners founded this non-profit to safely collect and dispose of thermostats that contain mercury.
Why it’s helping make the world more sustainable: You can dispose of your old thermostat in an environmentally friendly way and upgrade to a model that can help you save money and energy.
Variable Nozzle Turbine (VNT) turbocharger
What: With variable geometry turbine stage rather than a typical wastegate valve, this turbocharger increases the turbo’s ability to satisfy the needs of a Miller-cycle engine across a broader operating range.
Why it’s helping make the world more sustainable: The technology recognized by Auto News PACE Award as a “game changer” for helping reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 10%.
Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC)
What: A way for organizations to fund facility improvement work that can have a substantial impact on energy efficiency without an upfront capital investment.
Why it’s helping make the world more sustainable: At Tinker Air Force Base, a 21-year ESPC involving infrastructure and facilities upgrades will reduce energy consumption by 23 percent and save $20.5 million in energy and operational costs each year.
Weather Information Service
What: Part of the GoDirect portfolio, the app uses and easy-to-read map to provide flight crews with the freshest available weather information in flight.
Why it’s helping make the world more sustainable: By avoiding severe weather, airlines can improve safety and passenger comfort and reduce flight time and fuel consumption.
Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent
What: A low-global-warming material that helps create the foam that is used in applications such as building insulation, furniture padding and car seats.
Why it’s helping make the world more sustainable: Widespread adoption of Solstice LBA would save about 60 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, comparable to eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from more than 11.8 million cars.
Automated Demand Response
What: Automated demand response, or ADR, helps utilities automatically adjust energy use when demand for electricity peaks, ensuring customers have the energy they need without overtaxing the grid.
Why it’s helping make the world more sustainable: Honeywell has helped connect more than 150 million homes to more than 200 utilities globally. Utilities have the potential to temporarily control more than 2 gigawatts of peak energy use, almost 20 times the power needed to operate all NFL stadiums in the United States on any given Sunday.
What: Energy saving features at Honeywell’s LEED-certified Headquarters in Morris Plains, New Jersey.
Why it’s helping make the world more sustainable: Honeywell’s Global Headquarters features more than 1,000 rooftop solar panels, water-efficient landscaping that shrinks water consumption, and LED lighting that helps keep power consumption 35 percent below energy code requirements.