ASHRAE Issues Statement on U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Agreement Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

ASHRAE Issues Statement on U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

After President Donald Trump announced June 1 he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, ASHRAE issued a statement.

After President Donald Trump announced June 1 he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, ASHRAE issued the following statement:

 

“The recent decision to withdrawal the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord does not change or alter ASHRAE's commitment to accelerate the transformation to a more sustainable global built environment.

"‘Our member-established mission underscores our mandate to serve humanity and create a more sustainable world,’ says ASHRAE President Tim Wentz. ‘ASHRAE is a global Society of 57,000 dedicated professionals in more than 130 countries, committed to reducing the environmental impact of buildings by making them more energy efficient. Our mission will not waiver as geopolitical tides rise and fall.’

"‘Now, more than ever, ASHRAE affirms its mission to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world,’ Wentz says.

“ASHRAE recently announced a substantial $1.3 million investment in researching alternative low-GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants.

"‘ASHRAE's work is based on research and science. The Society will continue to establish best practice standards for the design and operation of buildings that have lower environmental impacts and concurrently optimize health and human comfort for occupants,’ says Wentz.

"‘Our Society remains dedicated to engineering excellence in environmental stewardship. In fact, the recent Paris Accord announcement makes the critical role of ASHRAE members in reducing the environmental impact of buildings more important than ever before.’"

Demonstrators protest President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate-change accord June 2, 2017, in Chicago. On June 1, in a speech from the Rose Garden, Trump announced the United States no longer would honor the agreement, stating it imposed unfair standards on American businesses and workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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