Otis EPDs | Environmental Product Declarations
Smart and sustainable movement
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is part of our culture, integral to our vision, and embedded in our long-term strategy. We continue to innovate designing products that reduce the environmental impact of vertical transportation. More than two decades ago, we first introduced our best-selling Otis Gen2® elevator with smooth polyurethane coated steel belts that last twice as long as conventional steel ropes, without any added lubrication. We are building on the proven design and flat-belt technology of our Gen2 family of elevators with our Gen3™ and Gen360™ platforms to provide smooth, quiet rides, safety, durability and energy efficiency. Our Link™ escalators and Gen2, Gen3, Gen360 and SkyRise® elevators all come standard with energy-saving ReGen™ drives.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) help our customers choose sustainable products for their buildings. We are steadfast in achieving our ESG goals in four key pillars: Environment & Impact, Health & Safety, People & Community, and Governance & Accountability. As part of our focus on Environment & Impact, we are committed to registering and publishing Environmental Product Declarations for our next-generation elevator and escalator product platforms in accordance with ISO 14025 – the international standard driving criteria for environmental product declarations.
Lifecycle assessments (LCAs)
LCAs have identified raw-material supply and energy consumption during an elevator’s operational phase as the most relevant product-related environmental impacts.
Each EPD includes a precise breakdown of the product’s materials, considers compliance with the European Union’s (EU) REACH and ROHS regulations, and shares a lifecycle analysis (LCA) that evaluates energy usage, waste generation and air emissions in the following phases:
- Upstream (raw-material supply, transport, outsourced manufacturing)
- Core (in-house manufacturing)
- Downstream (transport and installation, use or operation, and end-of-life treatment)
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“As pioneers of energy-saving technologies in our industry, we are proud to offer a portfolio of smart, sustainable products that help cities thrive. Through measurable data and third-party certified Environmental Product Declarations, we report on the environmental performance of many of our products throughout their lifecycles. We have registered and published EPDs for innovative Otis products such as the Gen3 and Gen360 elevator platforms and our Link escalators, and are committed to publishing EPDs for 100% of our next-generation elevator and escalator product platforms.”
- Haran Vela, Senior Vice President, Engineering
Our sustainable products at a glance
The industry’s most advanced product and the first to offer drive-by-wire technology, the Gen360 platform was designed to optimize efficiency with minimal carbon impact. In fact, typical configurations of Gen360 elevators achieve best-in-class ISO 25745 Class A ratings for energy efficiency.
Efficiency and sustainability are part of the Gen3 elevator platform’s design. The Gen3 elevator includes standard features – like our gearless permanent magnet machines, LED lighting and Sleep Mode – to help reduce energy usage and carbon footprint. Additionally, Gen3 elevators come equipped with our ReGen drive, which reduces energy consumption by up to 75%.*
*Compared to conventional systems without regenerative technology.
The sustainable design of our SkyRise elevators minimizes space requirements and reduces energy use with the ReGen drive as a standard feature. SkyRise elevators also offer our core sustainability features found on our Gen360 and Gen3 platforms such as gearless permanent magnet machines, ReGen drive, LED lighting and Sleep Mode.