Pratt & Whitney’s environmental sustainability is flying high

(By John Voket – Associate Editor)

T​he business of crafting intricately machined metals smaller than a little baby’s fingernail – into what eventually becomes a massive jumbo jet is something Pratt and Whitney (P&W) has been doing for decades.

But today, the company is flying high when it comes to environmental stewardship – being named among 17 Top Companies That are Going Green in 2017 by​ for its tremendous downscaling of raw materials used manufacturing jet engine blades and other components.

In front of a global audience at the 2013 Paris Air Show, the company launched aggressive goals to improve factory, supply-line, and product sustainability by 2025 – increasing efficiencies, creating added value for customers and employees, and leading efforts to reduce aviation’s environmental impact.

P&W’s most recent accomplishment toward those goals involved eliminating 90% of titanium alloy ingots — chunks of durable alloy that are melted down and formed to manufacture aircraft
blades — resulting in an exponential contraction of factory emissions and near elimination of ingot waste.

Leading up to that “2025” announcement, P&W invested about $60 million supporting over 800 environmental projects globally. And its super-sized sustainability goals for 2025 – the company’s 100th anniversary – target further reducing waste, energy, water, and materials, while boosting employee safety & wellness, and holding suppliers accountable for THEIR environmental stewardship.

Between 2006 and 2013, P&W reported already reducing its total industrial process waste by 30%, or 14 million pounds. A garbage truck holds about 22,000 pounds – so picture a reduction of 650 filled garbage trucks.

The company is also pledging to further reduce greenhouse gases by 8%. But when it launched its “2025” program five years ago, P&W had already reduced greenhouse gases by 30% – that’s 232,000 metric tons of CO2, which is like taking over 45,000 cars off the road.

By 2013, P&W had also reduced chemical emissions by 60%, an equivalent to 100 hot air balloons filled with noxious gases – and water consumption by 39%.

That’s 368 million gallons – the equivalent of about 15 million ten-minute showers.

By 2025, P&W pledges to:

● Demand suppliers be 100% green certified while meeting aggressive resource conservation measures;
● Further reduce water consumption by 80%;
● Produce engines that are 100% recyclable by end of service;
● Be the most fuel efficient and quietest by integrating P&W’s Geared Turbofan™ technology, which reduces fuel burn emissions, noise, and maintenance costs.

In 2017, P&W maintains LEED-certified green facilities in Shanghai Turkey, Connecticut, Puerto Rico, Canada, Poland, and China. And the company’s East Hartford headquarters has captured Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Green Circle Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

To the North, Pratt & Whitney’s Canadian divisions are leaders in aerospace green evolution, incorporating new generation technologies and effecting better environmental stewardship by outperforming the most stringent of ​International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)​ standards.

And today, P&W Canada partners on hundreds of ‘green’ collaborations with Universities across the country.

For updates on P&W, and other United Technologies Corp.’s sustainability achievements, visit​ or follow ​@UTC​ on Twitter.

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