July 7, 2016
U.S. State Department selects UTRC's Sisson to moderate panel at Taiwan Energy Conference
EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – William Sisson, senior director, sustainability at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the innovation engine of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), was selected by the U.S. State Department to moderate a green buildings panel discussion at a recent conference dedicated to fostering energy efficiency in Asia.
The two-day conference, the fifth to be held under the U.S.-Taiwan Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), was hosted in Taipei, Taiwan, June 16-17. Sisson led a 90-minute session, which focused on commercial and residential building efficiency, on the afternoon of June 16. Two panelists participated in the discussion. Teng-Yaw Yu, chairman, Taiwan Association of Energy Service Companies, provided a comprehensive review of how energy efficiency is being promoted in Taiwan's residential and service sectors; Bryan Howard, legislative director, U.S. Green Building Council, discussed the role/impact of green ratings in energy efficient buildings.
"During the past year, the United States and Taiwan have been working closely together to address important global issues in a variety of arenas, including energy, environmental protection, technology, international humanitarian assistance and education," explained Sisson. "The GCTF framework provides a strong platform for both countries to jointly contribute to the development of the Asia Pacific region and, indeed, the rest of the world...especially in the area of energy efficiency in buildings."
He added, "Being invited by our government to participate in this milestone undertaking is a great honor for me and reflects well on the sustainable footprint UTC and UTRC have established globally."
As the innovation hub of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) supports the development of new technologies and capabilities across the company and collaborates with external research organizations, universities and government agencies globally to push the boundaries of science and technology. Further, UTRC is focused on leveraging its research and development skills and technology assets to establish a broad base of intellectual property for monetizing on behalf of UTC. UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, California, and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; and Cork, Ireland. UTC, based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.
The Global Cooperation and Training Framework was founded in June 2015. The Framework supports broader U.S.-Taiwan cooperation and sets a milestone that will bring into full focus Taiwan's dramatic transformation from an international aid recipient to an aid provider. The GCTF is exploring new ways to harness U.S. and Taiwan capabilities and expertise for the benefit of regional and global communities.
Contacts: Laura Stevens, UTRC, (860) 610-1653; Stephanie Duvall, UTRC, (860) 610-0783