Ingersoll Rand Invests $500M in Energy Efficiency

September 25, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

At the United Nations Climate Summit this week, Ingersoll Rand committed to increase energy efficiency and reduce the company’s climate impact by:

  • A 50 percent reduction in the greenhouse gas refrigerant footprint of its products by 2020;
  • A $500 million investment in product-related research and development over the next five years to fund a long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • A 35 percent reduction in the greenhouse gas footprint of the company’s office buildings, manufacturing facilities and fleet by 2020.

Ingersoll Rand says it will introduce products across its industrial and climate portfolio that are significantly more energy and operationally efficient. Two of the company’s brands, Trane and Thermo King, will introduce products over the next five years that use refrigerants with lower global warming potential and fit into the environmental plans of their customers.

Although HVAC and transport refrigeration products are designed to prevent leaks, products can sometimes leak refrigerant during manufacturing or shipping or during or following installation due to loose joints and from repetitive service, according to the company. Ingersoll Rand will standardize its approach to minimizing refrigerant leakage in product design and reliability, manufacturing and servicing practices.

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