2019 Star of DOUBLING DOWN ON Efficiency
The current chapter of Ingersoll Rand’s sustainability journey began in 2014, when we conducted a materiality assessment with the assistance of an external partner. Ingersoll Rand stakeholders, including customers, were surveyed and interviewed, and a key finding from the study was the importance of climate – to both our internal and external stakeholders. A scenario strategy assessment was conducted with leaders from all of our business units to consider future trends, events, risks, and opportunities as they related to addressing climate change. The result was Ingersoll Rand’s Climate Commitment, pledging to achieve a 35-percent reduction of our GHG footprint from our own operations and a 50-percent reduction of our customers’ product GHG emissions (also known as Scope 3 emissions) by 2020. The inclusion of Scope 3 emissions made our pledge particularly unique, especially among industrial companies; a commitment to improve use-phase product impacts, directly benefiting our customers, dramatically expands the impact of our work.
Ingersoll Rand met its Operations goal two years ahead of schedule at the close of 2017, with a 37-percent reduction in GHG intensity. At the close of 2018, the Operations GHG footprint has reached a 45-percent reduction, which includes a reduction in energy intensity of 23-percent. Additionally, Ingersoll Rand has surpassed its Product goal, reducing its customers’ GHG footprint by 21 MMT CO2e, or 53-percent. Energy efficiency is a critical part of these Scope 3 emissions reductions; for example, we have avoided emissions from energy consumption, on a normalized basis, by roughly 10- percent in our commercial HVAC products over the course of our commitment. Taken together, our Scope 3 emissions reductions are attributable to products designed and sold globally, touching consumer, commercial, and industrial sectors: building HVAC and energy management, transport refrigeration, personal transportation vehicles, hand tools, air compressors, fluid pumps, and material handling equipment. Today, 25-percent of Ingersoll Rand revenue comes from products and services that contribute to the clean energy transition.
The Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment was unique in its approach to Scope 3 emissions, but also in the creation of a GHG Calculator to measure against a baseline the environmental impact of products sold between 2013 and the present. While this process is innovative, it is also repeatable for use by other industrial companies, and has been shared among our peers at multiple conferences. Ingersoll Rand’s thought leadership has created momentum and culture change for other diversified industrials with products that have significant Scope 3 emissions impacts. We will continue to reduce GHG emissions through energy efficiency and migration to alternative refrigerants, leading the market to do the same.
Perhaps most importantly, Ingersoll Rand’s achievement of its Climate Commitment does not signal the end of its sustainability journey, but rather the beginning of the next chapter. In May 2019, we announced our next-generation Climate Commitment, to be achieved by 2030, which includes the reduction of our customers’ GHG footprint by 1 billion metric tons of CO2e, achieving carbon-neutral operations, and achieving a 10-percent reduction in absolute energy consumption, among other goals. Emissions reductions of this magnitude will rely on the proven methodology of our first Climate Commitment, as well as new and innovative ways of working with our customers and across our supply chain. We are proud of our milestones to date, but we are just getting started.
Ingersoll Rand made these commitments because it was important not only to the long-term success of our company, but also because of the impact they have on our environment. Energy efficiency has played a starring role in this success, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, as we hope to drive this approach to long-term sustainability across the industry. By continuing to lead, Ingersoll Rand can create cultural change by bringing necessary investments across industry, and help turn the tide on climate change.