On May 16, 2007, Honeywell joined former President Bill Clinton and mayors of the world’s largest cities to announce a global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, a project of the Clinton Climate Initiative. The program is a global effort to help cities around the world improve the energy efficiency of buildings and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings are a major global consumer of energy and Honeywell is working with participating cities to identify and implement conservation opportunities in their facilities.
Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies business is a participant in the Responsible Care® program of the American Chemistry Council, a voluntary program to achieve improvement in environmental, health and safety performance beyond levels required by the U.S. government. The initiative has resulted in “emissions reductions of 70 percent and a worker safety record that is four times better than the average U.S. manufacturing sector.”
Generating a new source of sustainable energy, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Honeywell began harvesting shrub willows in Central New York State on January 31, 2007. ESF President, Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. said, “We, at ESF, are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Honeywell on this innovative and sustainable biomass project.” The shrub willows were first planted in the spring 2004 as part of a pilot project to develop a living cover for the Solvay Settling Basin in Camillus, which is near Syracuse. More than 400,000 willows have now been planted. Each shrub can be harvested every three years, at least seven times before replanting.
We are a sponsor of a report published in November 2007 by McKinsey & Company and The Conference Board titled Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost? The report is a detailed analysis of 250 opportunities for reducing greenhouse gases. It concludes that the United States could reduce greenhouse gas emissions at manageable costs using proven and emerging high-potential technologies.