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MEP 2040 Highlighted in White House News Release

jessica bobinac

Communications Manager

01 November 2022

Now more than ever, we are proud to be founding signatories for the MEP 2040 challenge with the Carbon Leadership Forum. As the only mechanical contractor member in the nation, we joined a group of leading MEP firms to collectively establish a commitment to advocate for and achieve net zero carbon in our projects: operational carbon by 2030 and embodied carbon by 2040.

Recently, the White House announced the administration's rally for states, cities, and companies to boost clean American manufacturing. In this media release, the administration announced new actions and private sector commitments that will grow clean manufacturing jobs as well as reach net zero emissions. The MEP 2040 challenge was one of the highlighted commitments.

"It has truly been exciting to be a part of what is seen as 'the final frontier' for the clean building movement - MEP systems. So far, UMC is the only mechanical contractor to have signed up for the MEP 2040 Commitment," said Sydney Armitage, Energy Engineer. "This has given us the opportunity to help the MEP 2040 team better understand the final systems that are installed through our bill of materials (BOM) process and the operations to maintain the equipment for its remaining life. These contributions have helped create a wholistic program that encompasses everything from design --> construction --> maintenance which, I believe, will lead to notable success within this commitment."

“I track and communicate policy and code updates that impact UMC and our customers," said Bonnie Frye Hemphill, Policy & Partnerships Director. "It seems like 90% of it these days is about cutting carbon in the built environment – from fuels that heat and cool our buildings to the materials we install for peak-performing long-term O&M. And that’s at every level of policy: local energy codes, state building performance standards, and refrigerant guidelines, federal initiatives for lower-carbon concrete, and on and on. UMC is building a culture of sustainability to keep one step ahead in supporting our customers’ compliance obligations. It’s great that “doing good” is also very good business.”

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