NEW DELHI, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of the most rapidly expanding construction markets in the world are leveraging Carrier's natural leadership to support their growing commitment to green building. Through its prestigious Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series, Carrier, the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, has assembled some of the world's most respected green building thought leaders to inform building owners and designers in China and India. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
With green building gaining momentum in both countries, the lecture series provided timely insight as China and India strive to meet ambitious sustainability goals. According to the Indian Green Building Council, India has registered more than 1.63 billion square feet of green building space, up from 20,000 square feet in 2003, and is now working to position itself as a global green building leader by 2025. Meanwhile, a McGraw-Hill Construction report notes China, which increased its number of green projects tenfold in just three years, is working to achieve a 16 percent reduction in energy use and a 17 percent reduction in carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 2015.
Carrier's Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series, held in Shanghai on Sept. 17 and in New Delhi on Sept. 19, connected more than 300 building professionals with international industry experts sharing the business case for green building, from economic and health benefits, as well as future sustainable building trends. Launched in the Middle East in 2011, the lecture series has reached 1,800 professionals through 17 lectures in emerging markets around the world.
"Green building is increasingly seen as a long-term business opportunity, with countries around the world realizing its benefits extend beyond energy savings to include improved health and productivity," said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. "Carrier's Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series is providing the opportunity for leaders who are building the cities of tomorrow to connect with experts on the forefront of the green building movement."During the event, Mahesh Ramanujam, U.S. Green Building Council ® (USGBC) Chief Operating Officer spoke to both audiences about the next generation of green building. In addition, Valentine Lehr, founder and principal of Lehr Consultants International, shared messages tailored to the audiences, speaking about embracing sustainable technology in China and the application of innovative new approaches to advance sustainability in India. For more information on Carrier and its sustainability initiatives, visit www.NaturalLeader.com or follow Carrier on Twitter: @CarrierGreen. About Carrier Carrier is the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information. SOURCE Carrier