Ingersoll Rand crowned climate leader
USA: Ingersoll Rand, with its brands Thermo King transport refrigeration and Trane air conditioners, was today recognised for its refrigerant phase-out efforts by the US EPA.
Ingersoll Rand was presented with an Organisational Leadership Award by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at the 2016 Climate Leadership Conference in Seattle today. Ingersoll Rand was one of 17 organisations from across America recognised at the event.
Singled out for praise was Ingersoll Rand’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 35% by 2020 and its commitment to reduce the climate impact of the refrigerants used in its products by 50% by 2020. This includes its EcoWise portfolio of products combining low global warming potential refrigerants with high efficiency operation.
Through collaborations with external organisations, Ingersoll Rand also contributed to the 2003 Industry Genius book, the 2007 Adjustment to the Montreal Protocol accelerating the HCFC phase out, and the pending Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs.
Ingersoll Rand also partnered with the refrigerant manufacturer Chemours to develop R452B a next-generation, low-GWP refrigerant that is design-compatible with R410A.
Ingersoll Rand was previously recognised with a Climate Leadership Award in 2012 for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management—Goal Setting. This is the fifth year of the annual Climate Leadership Awards, a partnership between the EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2Es) and The Climate Registry (TCR).
“This year’s Climate Leadership Award winners are setting a high bar for organisations across the country,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “They are proving that climate action isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also the profitable thing to do.”
“The winners of the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards are showing the way to a more sustainable future,” said Ted Roosevelt IV, C2ES board chairman. “After the hottest year globally on record, this leadership is more urgent than ever. Companies, cities, and individuals are crucial to demonstrating real-world success in reducing the emissions contributing to climate change. We applaud the CLA winners for demonstrating the many paths forward to a low-carbon future, and hope others follow their example.”
“The Climate Registry is honoured to recognise the 2016 award winners for their dedication to addressing climate change,” said David Rosenheim, TCR executive director. “This impressive group of climate champions has raised the bar for climate action, and we hope others will follow their lead as we move towards a low-carbon economy. We applaud this year’s winners for transparently measuring and reducing their carbon pollution, demonstrating the path to a more sustainable future.”