Ingersoll Rand, a diversified industrial company based in Davidson, North Carolina, shared progress this week toward its global Climate Commitment – a pledge made by the organization in 2014 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and UN Climate Summit to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations and product portfolio.
At the tenth annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum, in Washington, D.C., on May 8, the company said it is on track to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons by 2030.
The progress is based on the commitment made by the company three years ago, which includes the following promises:
- A 50 percent reduction in the greenhouse gas refrigerant footprint of Ingersoll Rand products by 2020 and lower global warming potential alternatives across its portfolio by 2030;
- A $500 million investment in product-related research and development through 2019, in order to fund the 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.
Since then, Ingersoll Rand’s Climate Commitment has enabled the organization to avoid 6.7 million metric tons of CO2e globally from its products, compared to a 2013 baseline – equal to the emissions from the energy used in 700,000 homes for one year.
The company also has reduced the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of its operations by 23 percent and is on schedule to incorporate refrigerant alternatives with lower-global warming potential (GWP) across the company’s product portfolio by 2030.
Indeed, in 2015, Ingersoll Rand launched EcoWise, a portfolio of products designed to reduce environmental impact with next-generation, low-global warming potential refrigerants and high-efficiency operation.
With the addition of the Trane products to the EcoWise portfolio, the company stated that it is “close to having its entire commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) chiller portfolio available with next-generation refrigerants.”
In 2016, the company added four new products to the EcoWise portfolio of products, among them:
- Thermo King truck and trailer refrigerant units;
- Trane Sintesis air-cooled chillers;
- Trane CenTraVac centrifugal chillers; and t
- Trane Series R RTWD water-cooled chiller.
“Linking our strategy and business opportunities to important global trends like climate change creates long-term value for our people, [our] customers, and the world,” stated CEO Michael Lamach. “Sustainability in all its forms – business, social and environmental – is what we do. Strong progress on our Climate Commitment signals to employees, customers and shareholders we are prepared to meet today’s demand for responsible business practices and products. Transparency around our goal demonstrates we are succeeding and further differentiates our industry leadership.”
“All of these efforts further advance Ingersoll Rand’s progress toward creating more sustainable product choices for customers, improving the company’s operating footprint globally, and contributing to the development of lower GHG technologies,” said W. Scott Tew, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand.