HVAC Industry Responds to Crisis in Ukraine
Joining in opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, nearly every high-tech company in the United States and Europe, from Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, HP, Dell, Facebook and Sony, to media leaders like the Walt Disney Company, and global brands like McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, FedEx, UPS, Boeing, Airbus and many more, the HVAC industry has made its position known.
At Quality Heating our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people, and we sincerely hope for a swift and peaceful resolution for all those in the affected areas.
Daikin’s Response to the Situation in Ukraine
In a statement, Daikin announced: “Daikin’s entities in Europe have suspended business in Russia in consideration of the current situation of economics, logistics and others.”
In addition, like fellow manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric, Daikin Europe is to donate €1m to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to support humanitarian aid to the people in Ukraine and those suffering displacement as a result of the conflict.
Daikin will also be donating products for refugee accommodation and educational facilities, while Daikin Europe employees are also raising funds to support their Ukrainian colleagues and their families.
Honeywell’s Response to the Situation in Ukraine
Honeywell International Inc. said it suspended business in Russia and Belarus, following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
The company has announced it has substantially suspended all its sales, distribution and service activities in both countries.
GE’s Response to the Situation in Ukraine
General Electric Co. announced suspension of its activities in Russia with some exceptions, as the West continues to pressure Kremlin with severe economic sanctions.
Carrier’s Response to the Situation in Ukraine
“Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine as we watch the invasion that has resulted in senseless casualties, destruction of property and the tragic refugee crisis.
At Carrier, we support an urgent, peaceful resolution and we stand strong with the people of Ukraine.
Effective immediately, we are suspending business operations in Russia. Carrier will honor existing contractual obligations, where possible, in a manner that fully complies with all sanctions and trade controls that have been imposed, but we will not pursue new business opportunities there. This decision reflects our values and our solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Carrier also has launched a company match program to allow employees to donate to a worldwide non-profit organization to support the Ukrainian people. All employee contributions will be matched 1:1 by our Carrier Foundation.
We hope for a rapid end to this conflict before more lives are lost, and for lasting peace in the region.”
Johnson Controls Suspends Business in Russia
Johnson Controls, best known in the cooling industry for its York, Sabroe and Frick brands, has announced the suspension of its business in Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
A statement on the company’s website announced the decision stating that it will not accept new business or orders.
“Our decisions and actions reflect our steadfast values and our commitment to doing what is right. We are inspired by the incredible support that our employees, customers, partners, and communities are showing for Ukrainian people and their rights,” stated the Fortune 500 company which employs over 100,000 people across six continents.
Energy Companies Discontinue Operations in Russia
A long list of energy companies announced plans to divest from or review operations with and within Russia.
Among the energy sector, these include BP Plc, Shell Plc, Equinor ASA, and TotalEnergies SE. ExxonMobile said it would discontinue operations on a specific operation involving Russian companies and would not invest in new developments in Russia. [QHEAC]