Honeywell has been selected as the Sydney Opera House’s first Global Goals partner, as part of the centre’s commitment to sustainability, diversity and inclusion.
In October 2019, the opera house became the first Australian arts institution to commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to address the most pressing issues of our time. During the three-year partnership, the opera house and Honeywell, a leader in building technologies, will collaborate on initiatives aligned with the Global Goals. These include helping the opera house become climate-positive by 2023; collaborating on an event to discuss how engineers are contributing to positive social and environmental change; and launching a programme to support First Nations tertiary graduates with their chosen profession.
“As we approach the opera house’s 50th anniversary in 2023, we are looking for more ways to work with organisations that share our vision for positive social and environmental change,” said Louise Herron AM, CEO at Sydney Opera House. “So we are thrilled to welcome Honeywell as our first Global Goals partner. Honeywell technology has already helped the opera house reduce its water consumption by 30% through improved monitoring and supported our goal of reducing energy use by 20%. This new partnership will enable an expanded range of significant projects, contributing to the huge collaborative effort required to achieve the Global Goals.”
“We are pleased to work with the opera house as its first Global Goals partner and demonstrate our shared values to protect the environment,” said Vimal Kapur, president and CEO, Honeywell Building Technologies. “The opera house has long set the standard for more sustainable buildings in Australia with regards to improved energy efficiency, water management and waste reduction. We look forward to our continued collaboration to identify new solutions that will help our valued customer achieve their goal to become climate-positive by 2023.”
“As a symbol of modern Australia, the opera house has the power to inspire and shape positive change,” said Don Harwin, NSW minister for the arts. “This partnership is a great example of the arts, business and government coming together to achieve common goals. I look forward to seeing the opera house and Honeywell collaborate over the next three years on initiatives that deliver a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.”
In the lead-up to its 50th anniversary in 2023, the opera house is seeking partners across Australia and globally to join its efforts to inspire positive change. This aligns with Global Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals, which encourages organisations to share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources.
Honeywell recently committed to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. About half of Honeywell’s new product introduction research and development investment is directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.