Our sustainability strategy is an intrinsic part of our business operating system, consistent with our vision for a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. The strategy is based on the core principles of transparency, accountability and shareholder engagement and driven by our materiality assessment.
Marking a milestone in achieving our Climate Commitment, in 2015 we launched the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise™ portfolio of products; the EcoWise endorsement is given to products with next-generation, low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and high efficiency operation. “We look forward to introducing many more commercial, residential and transport HVAC, transport refrigeration and refrigerated dryer products that achieve the criteria for the EcoWise endorsement,” says Didier Teirlinck, executive vice president, climate segment.
The first products to earn the EcoWise endorsement are:
- Trane Sintesis™ air-cooled chiller. Energy-efficient and quiet, with a low GWP refrigerant option available globally.
- Trane Series E™ CenTraVac™. Large-capacity, based on current low-pressure CenTraVac centrifugal chiller design, using next generation, low GWP refrigerant. Available in Europe, the Middle East and other 50hz markets including Japan.
- Thermo King truck and SLXe™ trailer refrigeration products sold in Europe, as well as global marine refrigeration units. Safe, reliable and efficient with about 50 percent lower GWP than current refrigerant.
Recognition by third-party organizations documents our improved performance, while also allowing us to benchmark ourselves against peer companies. We were honored to be listed on the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices for the fifth consecutive year in addition to our debut appearance on the FTSE4Good Index Series. Ingersoll Rand’s placement on this index series further solidifies its position as an economic, environmental and social leader in its industries.
In 2008, the team at our Trane facility in Waco, Texas, committed to the goals of zero waste by 2016 and grid neutrality by 2020, as well as a significant reduction in water use. The facility, which manufactures the Ingersoll Rand water source heat pump product portfolio, is well on its way toward achieving these targets.
Retrofitting the new plant HVAC, roofing and lighting systems has reduced electricity use per equivalent unit of production 45 percent. Non-hazardous waste to landfill has been cut 90 percent, and total recycling including scrap metal has increased from 73 to 97 percent. By eliminating process water in manufacturing and upgrading building plumbing and landscaping, the team has reduced water use per equivalent unit of production 65 percent. Waco has a Platinum Certified Green Team whose members championed much of this work to achieve these improvements.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is working with leading manufacturers to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Participating companies set a specific goal, typically to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent over a 10-year period across all their U.S. operations. Ingersoll Rand met its goal in 2015, improving energy intensity by 26 percent over four years across 36 U.S. facilities.
Ingersoll Rand took the world stage in 2015 at two important U.S. White House events – the Corporate Climate Pledge and second annual Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Reduction Roundtable – held to recognize companies that are committing to reduce their climate impact.
Representing the company at the Corporate Climate Pledge was Gary Michel, senior vice president and president, Residential HVAC, who announced our updated Climate Commitment goals. These include reducing emissions from Ingersoll Rand products and operations by more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of CO2e by 2020 and 50 MMT of CO2e by 2030.
Paul Camuti, senior vice president, Innovation and chief technology officer, and David Modi, vice president, government relations, represented Ingersoll Rand at the second annual White House HFC Reduction Roundtable. The event recognized the one-year anniversary of several companies’ commitments to reduce HFC use and greenhouse gas impacts.
Paul and David discussed Thermo King’s progress on its commitment at the prior year’s roundtable to launch new lines of trailer and self-powered truck products and retrofit alternatives that use a next-generation, low-global warming potential refrigerant, with breakthrough coil technology that requires 30 percent less refrigerant. These products were introduced in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in 2014, and are planned to be available in the United States by the end of 2018, pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.
Thermo King announced its commitment to offer North American customers new options for trailer and self-powered transport refrigeration products with lower global warming potential (GWP), pending approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. The new units are part of the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise™ portfolio of products. They are energy-efficient and reliable, and use a next-generation refrigerant with about half the GWP of the refrigerant currently used for these applications.
We will continue to offer our North American customers Thermo King’s current line of transport refrigeration products, ensuring that optimum levels of service are available throughout the products’ lifecycle until customers are ready to transition. The new EcoWise products are currently available to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and more than 500 units were sold in their first three months on the market.
Our new Thermo King SLXe trailer refrigeration units with next-generation, low-global warming potential (GWP) R-452A refrigerant are hitting the road in countries all across Europe, including the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Italy and Spain. The SLXe line is one of the first three offerings in the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise™ portfolio of products launched in 2015. All SLXe trailer refrigeration units use R-452A refrigerant – the safest, most environmentally responsible and technically and commercially viable solution for trailer and truck refrigeration applications.
The first official customer delivery of a new SLXe unit went to F. LLI LANDO S.p.A., an Italian food distributor that operates through its own distribution chains IperLANDO and Lando Supermarkets. “Environmental responsibility is one of our prime concerns, and we’re always on the lookout for innovations that help us be more sustainable,” says Gianfranco Marchetto, logistic, transports, and distribution manager at the F. LLI LANDO S.p.A.. “When Thermo King announced the units with this next-generation refrigerant, we decided to join them in this innovative move and take a proactive approach to modernize and lower the environmental impact of our own delivery fleet.”
American businesses spend more than $24 billion (USD) annually on energy costs in commercial buildings. We believe every one of these buildings has the potential to be better. Trane Building Advantage™, a portfolio of energy services and solutions introduced by Trane® in 2015, uses data and analytics to guide owners in maximizing building efficiency and operating at peak performance. The portfolio aligns with the core attributes of the Trane brand, but remains distinct from our traditional service, parts and equipment businesses and includes:
- Building Controls and Automation. From sensors to industry-leading building automation systems, Trane Tracer® controls are built on a platform that supports open standards so they can be integrated with existing equipment, regardless of brand.
- Energy Management Systems and Services. Trane Intelligent Services include monitoring, analysis, alerts, reporting, tracking and data visualization. A team of experienced Trane building professionals transforms this information into insights for performance improvement.
- Energy Contracting. As an accredited Energy Services Company (ESCO), Trane designs and implements a range of energy savings projects. These include retrofitting existing systems, energy conservation improvements, energy infrastructure outsourcing, power generation, and energy supply and risk management solutions.
- Renewable Energy and Power Solutions. Trane advises and assists building owners in transitioning their current grid systems to autonomous operation, in fulfilling regulatory, marketing, or contractual obligations for sustainability, and in meeting regulatory standards for energy conservation.
- Energy Procurement and Management Services. Trane’s energy supply expertise helps building owners secure competitive pricing and contract terms from electricity and natural gas suppliers, while delivering unsurpassed market intelligence and customer service.