Ingersoll Rand aims to act as a catalyst to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions industry-wide. To do this, the company will address its own operations, its products, and research for a sustainable future.
Ingersoll Rand will reduce its own company GHG footprint by at least 35 percent by 2020. It will achieve this operational reduction by further lowering energy consumption, investing in equipment testing technology, and improving fleet fuel economy. Accomplishing this includes investments in Ingersoll Rand facilities, like new energy and operationally efficient equipment, and upgraded refrigerant-related leak testing equipment. Ingersoll Rand will also change its fleet procurement requirements to include lower fuel consumption options when new vehicles are purchased or leased. Ingersoll Rand has engaged a third-party consultant to develop tools to quantify and measure progress toward this commitment.
Ingersoll Rand will reduce the climate impact related to the refrigerant used in products by 50% before 2020 and will incorporate lower global warming potential (GWP) alternatives across its portfolio by 2030. Ingersoll Rand will do this by introducing products that are energy and operationally efficient, that use refrigerants with dramatically lower GWP, and that do not compromise the safety, performance, or efficiency that end users expect.
The company will address all factors that contribute to its products' GHG: energy consumption, leakage, charge, and refrigerant technology. Ingersoll Rand will standardize its approach to minimizing refrigerant leakage in product design and reliability, and in manufacturing and servicing practices. Although heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) products are designed to prevent leaks, products can leak refrigerant during manufacturing, shipping, and during or following installation from loose joints and repetitive service. Standardized leakage design processes will minimize the number of joints and increase reliability. The company will enhance its leak testing practices and offer further training of field service employees. Ingersoll Rand will add criteria to its new product development to reduce the refrigerant charge size, as there is a direct correlation between the amount of refrigerant used and refrigerant leakage.
Ingersoll Rand's commitment involves both internal and external cooperation. Engineering and product management will develop and commercialize new products that consider varying end user differences and demand in each world region. Marketing and sales will capture and convey the value of environmentally responsible designs, and refrigerant-related supply chains will secure alternates to existing refrigerants. Ingersoll Rand will offer end users the choice of when and how to phase out of products that have high GWP.
In its efforts to accelerate GHG reductions throughout the industry, Ingersoll Rand will spend million on research and development by 2020 to continue to develop safe and efficient technologies that reduce GHG emissions. Today, viable technology and refrigerant alternatives are not available for some products. Ingersoll Rand will work with others to help identify a lower GWP roadmap for areas without viable alternatives, particularly areas with high ambient temperatures.
Achieving the goals of this commitment requires active engagement of Ingersoll Rand businesses/brands and functions. Primary brands include Trane, Thermo King, and Ingersoll Rand, which operate in every region of the world and are represented within six of the company's strategic business units. Functions include engineering, product management, business and corporate communications, sustainability, operations, supply chain, environmental health and safety, government affairs, and advocacy. Many internal cross-functional teams are being formed to manage this initiative.
Key dates and targets include:
2015 - 2016
Launch at least five products that incorporate lower GWP alternatives ahead of regulatory requirements
Establish new branding and marketing to drive demand for climate-responsible products
Convene stakeholders to discuss refrigerant technology needs around high ambient temperature HVAC solutions
Invest million in research and development to identify global solutions
Set more stringent standards for higher fuel economy in fleet
Increase employee education and engagement to reduce energy consumption
2017 - 2019
Launch at least 7 additional products that incorporate lower GWP alternatives ahead of regulatory requirements
Improve design and product development processes to drive reduced refrigerant charge and leaks
Invest million in research and development to identify and demonstrate global solutions
Begin transition from high GWP foams
Improve refrigerant-related leak testing equipment