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Article Date: 24th January 2013

Carrier Marks League of Green Embassies Partnership With LEED Seminar in Rome

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Demonstrating UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, Carrier Italy recently hosted a Smart & Green Building seminar in Rome.

Hosted in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Italy, the event was held as part of Carrier’s broader relationship with the League of Green Embassies. This organization is a global network of more than 90 diplomatic missions working on a common agenda for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation. Carrier joined the League of Green Embassies in 2012.

The theme of the seminar was the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system and certification process. The association with the League of Green Embassies helps raise the visibility of LEED around the world. “Commercial Service/Embassy involvement helps advance LEED as the preeminent sustainability building approach,” said Nicholas Kuchova, regional senior commercial officer, Embassy of the United States of America.

For the audience in Rome, a discussion around LEED was timely and relevant. In Europe, Italy is second only to Germany in terms of the number of registered LEED projects, with more than 96 projects currently in the pipeline, 19 of which have already been certified.

“Under the current economic environment, Italy needs to attract foreign investors. Raising awareness of an international building certification program such as LEED would be a plus for outside investment,” said Antonio Monti, sales manager, Carrier Italy. “LEED certification is well-known and understood by investors on all continents. By promoting LEED certification, the U.S. Commercial Service and Carrier aimed to reinforce the attractiveness of the Italian real estate market among international investors.”

The seminar attracted more than 80 participants, including representatives from the Italian real estate sector. Panelists included Andrea Gonfiantini, director, distribution, Carrier BSS Italy; Patricia Wagner, deputy senior commercial officer, U.S. Commercial Service; Carlo Maria Medaglia, infrastructure and transport minister, Italy; Mario Zoccatelli, president, Green Building Council Italy; and Francesco Bedeschi, executive council, Green Building Council Italy.

“Carrier solutions were presented by customers who attested to successful LEED applications with our products,” said Monti. “In a country like Italy, with many chiller manufacturer competitors, Carrier needs to be perceived as a top quality brand, for top quality applications.”

“Through dialogue and education, we can rebalance our built environment with our natural environment, which is why we’re proud to partner with the League of Green Embassies to sponsor such events,” said John Mandyck, vice president, Sustainability, Marketing & Communications.

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