Carrier Corp. and Chinese Government Launch Ozone Protection Award

Carrier Corp. and Chinese Government Launch Ozone Protection Award

Carrier Corporation and the State Environmental Protection Administration of China have announced the launching of China's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award. The purpose of the award, according to Song Xiaozhi, division head, International Division of SEPA, is to “promote protection of the ozone layer, reduce discharge of ozone-depleting substances and promote the use of non-ozone depleting alternatives by awarding organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to ozone layer protection.”

The award is supported by the International Economic Cooperation Office of SEPA. Carrier Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment, has committed a three-year sponsorship to provide financial support.

Five Gold awards and one Special Gold award will be presented each year. The Gold awards will be bestowed on organizations or individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the protection of ozone layer during the year. The Special Gold award will be presented to the organization or individual that has continually made exceptional contributions to ozone layer protection. Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque and a certificate issued by the hosting organization.

“This is a good start for cooperation between SEPA and multinational companies such as Carrier,” Xiaozhi said. “Not only from a financial standpoint, but more importantly, the industry-government partnership that will bring more synergy to the China environmental protection effort. We need the technical support of companies who are the pioneers and leaders of the ‘green movement’ in their industry. This alliance will only serve to accelerate the environmental effort in China.

Allan R. Jones, vice president of Carrier China said, “both Carrier and SEPA agreed that accelerating the progress on ozone layer protection, as well as other initiatives on green building strategy, were paramount to future development in China.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently formally recognized Carrier and its parent company United Technologies Corporation, for their participation in the EPA's Climate Leaders program and for their commitment to developing long-term comprehensive climate change strategies. Carrier is the first HVAC manufacturer to participate in the Climate Leaders program.