Interview with Didier Genois
As CLIMA 2022 is getting closer, we were keen on learning how main sponsor Carrier has it’s EYE ON 2030. How does Carrier Airconditioning think the world of HVAC will evolve and how does Carrier play a role in the influences that will change the current demands on climate installations completely? As Carrier has been leading the HVAC industry with innovative ideas for over 100 years we have asked Didier Genois, Vice President & General Manager Carrier HVAC Europe, to share some of their knowledge in the run up to CLIMA 2022.
Carrier is committed to what matters
Climate change is among the most significant issues facing humanity. HVAC contributes an estimated 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Carrier recognizes the potential for smart, sustainable innovation, and is committed to setting science-based emissions targets aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
- Reduce our customers’ carbon footprint by more than 1 gigaton.
- Invest over $2B to develop healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions that incorporate sustainable design principles and reduce lifecycle impacts.
- Achieve carbon neutral operations.
- Reduce energy intensity by 10% across our operations.
- Achieve water neutrality in our operations prioritizing water-scarce locations.
- Deliver zero waste to landfill from manufacturing locations.
- Establish a responsible supply chain program and assess key factory suppliers against program criteria.
Which insights does Carrier have with regards to the 5 CLIMA themes? Can you highlight a few of them?
- Health & Comfort
Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program provides an expanded suite of advanced solutions to help deliver healthier, safer, more efficient and productive indoor air quality regardless of your building type/indoor environment. From innovative products, controls and system design solutions to remote services including assessments, maintenance and re-commissioning, you can trust Carrier’s 100+ years of experience creating optimal indoor air environments to help you with yours.
Carrier continues to develop solutions and technologies that reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions of our products in use. And we are actively engaged with regulatory authorities, trade associations and other stakeholders, working collaboratively to pursue and implement industry-wide policies and initiatives that drive sustainability by promoting greater energy efficiency and lower GHG emissions. We have consistently invested in energy-efficient technologies and solutions to assist our customers in lowering energy demand and associated GHG emissions, and measure the results from these investments.
The reduction of energy consumption is also a focus in our production process. One of our environmental goals for 2030 is to reduce energy intensity by 10% across our operations. We are very proud of our renovated the test lab in our Montluel, France, facility, where we make and test chillers. The renovations included the installation of our high-efficiency AquaForce chillers, which are variable speed drive chillers optimized by our controls to adapt to energy need and operating conditions, such as weather. We also shifted the refrigerant used to a lower global warming potential and nonflammable refrigerant, R-515B, and installed our energyefficient dry coolers, which replaced cooling towers that have been dismantled. The renovation resulted in a 25% reduction in the facility’s annual energy consumption and the reduction of water use by nearly 1.2 million gallons per year in the test lab.
Carrier is increasingly investing in digital solutions. The most recent investment is the digital platform Abound. This platform is designed to give people confidence in the health and safety of their indoor environments. It is an open technology platform that aggregates data from different systems and sensors and provides building owners, operators, and occupants transparency into relevant and contextual insights about air quality, thermal comfort, and other performance data. This way, we offer our customers a digital solution to tap into and translate data, to make their building environment more intelligent, efficient and responsive.
“We believe knowledge has value if we share it with each other.
This edition of the congress comes at a very crucial moment for our HVAC world.”
As CLIMA 2022 is a scientific congress; what would you like to get out of this event? Not (just) when it comes to business opportunities, but especially in relation to how to face the challenges ahead of us?
We believe knowledge has value if we share it with each other. This edition of the congress comes at a very crucial moment for our HVAC world. At Carrier, innovation has always been one of our core values. Our research & design centers provide our customers with the highest-performing, most efficient products and services. We actively share our expertise to promote environmental stewardship. To name an example; We were the first company to license the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED®) curriculum to train our employees and customers in sustainable building solutions and are proud to have been named a USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) Education Partner. We look forward to share expertise with the brightest HVAC minds at CLIMA 2022.
Why has Carrier Airconditioning decided to sponsor CLIMA 2022?
Our HVAC world is experiencing change and a need for innovation more than ever before. Between now and 2030, we need answers in areas such as energy efficiency, circularity, digitization and health & comfort. Carrier has been leading the HVAC industry with innovative ideas for over 100 years, pursuing excellence in solutions that matter for people and planet. Let’s share our knowledge together at the REHVA World Congress CLIMA and provide answers crucial to our business.
Didier Genois is Vice President & General Manager for Carrier HVAC Europe since October 2018. In this role, Didier is responsible for leading the HVAC Europe Air Conditioning business with a specific focus on increasing our investments in innovation and our production equipment, accelerating digital innovation and business transformation, gaining segment share globally and ensuring our customers satisfaction.
He held business leadership roles over the course of 26 years. Didier joined UTC in 1994 as a Design Engineer and has since held a number of increasingly responsible positions including Director, Engineering & Marketing, Europe. Most recently, Didier served as Executive Director, Engineering, HVAC Europe Air Conditioning where he also had responsibility for the Marine business.
Didier holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from INSA Lyon, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from ESSEC Paris.
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