Governments and Industries Must Work Together to Ensure Successful Implementation of the Paris Agreement Commitments

Tell us something about your sustainability strategy and the activities that you undertake?

Ingersoll Rand manufactures a wide portfolio of international brands which work to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand products range from complete compressed air systems, tools and pumps to material and fluid handling systems. The diverse and innovative products, services and solutions enhance our customers’ energy efficiency, productivity and operations.

Ingersoll Rand made a commitment to significantly reduce GHG emissions from its products and operations by 2030. The company’s Climate Commitment pledges to cut the refrigerant GHG footprint of its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower global warming potential (GWP) alternatives across its portfolio by 2030. We will invest $500 million in product-related research and development over the next five years to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions and reduce company operations-related GHG emissions by 35 percent by 2020. To date, the commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 6.7 million metric tons of CO2 emission globally, which is the equivalent of avoiding annual CO2 emissions from energy used in more than 700,000 homes. In support of the commitment, Ingersoll Rand launched Eco-Wise™, a portfolio of products designed to lower environmental impact with next generation, low-global warming potential refrigerants and high efficiency operation. By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons.

How can Indian companies align themselves to the SDGs?

Converting national climate plans into reality is a complex and demanding process that requires contributions from everyone – it needs a public-private partnership. Governments and Industries must work together to ensure successful implementation of the Paris Agreement commitments. With India poised to become a major manufacturing hub in the coming years, all players and policy makers in this sector need to align their “Make in India” goals with green technologies in order to remain competitive in global markets. We hope to lead our industry towards a more sustainable world through our choices, improving our global operating footprint, and continuing to develop lower greenhouse gas emission options for the benefit of our customers and the environment. Ingersoll Rand 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, without compromising safety, performance and efficiency.

Can you highlight some of the unique Sustainability initiatives in India?

In India, we have been present for around 100 years. We are committed to India and are implementing strategies for product innovation and design for Industrial Technologies; Food Safety; Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. The company is based out of 21 locations in the country. We have 3 Engineering and Technology centers in Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore and 2 large manufacturing sites in Ahmedabad – Naroda (Gujarat) and Sahibabad. Some of our key sustainability initiatives in India are focused on creating energy-efficient technologies and products to help India to reach its sustainability goals. The company is also developing smart controls for connected buildings and services to make energy efficient buildings and facilities. We are also trying to reduce the impact of our operations. For instance, we are tackling water shortage, at our Sahibabad and Naroda facilities. Our team at the Sahibabad plant established 4 Rainwater harvesting wells for recharging groundwater. We have reduced water consumption by 43 percent, reduced effluents by 20 percent and reduced hazardous waste by 30 percent Our teams in both the manufacturing facilities are also continuously working to reduce electricity consumption. We achieved 11% electricity reduction through installation of LED Lighting system, optimized HVAC system and installation of VFD in blowers for high efficiency, optimized machine testing efficiency and sensitizing ground staff on plant utility savings.

What are your future goals?

Ingersoll Rand is a multinational business with global facilities and a broad product portfolio. As a result, our operations have a wide range of environmental, social and economic impacts. Our business operates within a value chain consisting of major stages. For each stage, we have identified key impacts, or material topics and have created a broad set of 2020 targets to guide our continued progress. As part of Ingersoll Rand’s product plans, the company has committed a total of $500 million to product-related research and development by 2020. While we will continue to understand our customers better a significant part of our work will be with other industry experts to help identify a lower global warming roadmap. We will also continue our work with universities to develop and test alternative technologies to address areas, such as atmospheric life, heat transfer properties and overall performance.

In conversation with Mr. Randal Newton, Vice President Enterprise Engineering at Ingersoll Rand. (Original Post)

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