Environment: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Refrigerants

Our company is committed to managing our GHG emissions. Over the past four years, we have reduced the GHG emissions associated with our operations by more than 200,000 metric tons of CO2e, or 37%, while total energy efficiency has increased 15%. In total, we have avoided 500,000 metric tons of CO2e in operational GHG emissions since 2013.

37% reduction in the GHG emissions

associated with our operations' emissions

REGIONAL GHG
 BREAKDOWN

 

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Scope 1 (metric tons CO2e)

North America Region (NAR)

293,291

310,147

374,288

351,198

406,374

Latin America (LAT)

1,994

2,259

1,860

1,777

2,237

Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

47,159

49,812

45,686

40,090

44,035

Asia Pacific (AP) 

22,216

28,641

42,138

72,853

59,805

Scope 2 (metric tons CO2e)

NAR

151,844

173,459

197,055

202,602

211,362

LAT

248

309

178

204

246

EMEA

9,526

10,128

13,346

11,141

12,514

AP

32,729

31,715

35,326

37,340

36,103

 

GHG EMISSIONS
(metric tons CO2e)

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Direct CO2 (GHG Scope 1)

364,658

390,856

463,975

465,919

512,450

Breakdown of Scope 1 Emissions

 

 

 

Emissions from fuel

 

 

Emissions from refrigerants

 

 

 

126,196

127,577

130,062

127,369

126,740

238,462

263,279

333,913

338,550

385,710

Indirect CO2e (GHG Scope 2)
(Emissions from electricity)

194,348

215,614

245,907

251,287

260,222

Total (Scope 1 and 2 Emissions)

559,006

606,470

709,882

717,207

772,673

Normalized GHG Emissions
(metric tons CO2e/million USD)

39.37

44.89

53.37

55.63

62.56

Reduction of absolute GHG emissions (2013
baseline

27.65%

213,667
metric tons
CO2e

 


 

Reduction of GHG emissions intensity (2013
baseline)

37.1%

 

 


 

 

NOx AND SOx EMISSIONS
(METRIC TONS)

 

2017

2016

2015

2014

 NOx

 112.23

113.32

 114.01

111.19

 SOx

7.11

 6.72

689

5.93

 

Outlined in our Climate Commitment, we have a goal to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions (on a perunit revenue basis) by 35% by 2020 compared to 2013 levels. This goal was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as a science-based target and will result in 500,000 metric tons of avoided CO2e. Approximately 35% of the Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions from our operations are from the use of electricity. Read about our efforts to reduce our energy use through energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Energy section.

Refrigerants or hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are essential to many of our products, and they account for 43% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions. HFCs trap heat in the atmosphere hundreds to thousands of times more intensively than carbon dioxide. Regulatory efforts in the U.S. and globally are aimed at phasing down the use of HFCs that have a high-global warming potential.

Ingersoll Rand has made investments that enable the company to phase out today’s high-global warming potential HFCs ahead of regulatory requirements. We work proactively with government agencies and refrigerant suppliers to help identify alternatives and facilitate a practical transition that reduces GHG emissions as early as possible. We also participate in international forums, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Montreal Protocol, to help create an organized approach to global refrigerant transitions.

43% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions are from refrigerants

which are essential to many of our products

 

VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND (VOC) AIR EMISSIONS 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Direct VOC emissions in metric tons 269 277

271

257

289

 

REFRIGERANTS DATA 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Refrigerant emissions (Refrigerant losses in pounds of refrigerant) 337,012 354,896

422,553

408,293

474,054

Normalized pounds to million USD 23.74 26.27

31.77

31.67

38.38

We work proactively with government agencies and refrigerant suppliers

to help identify alternatives and facilitate a practical transition that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as early as possible

Product Emissions

11 million metric tons of CO₂e avoided,

equal to the emissions from the energy used in 1.6 million homes for one year

We set the following goals to address product-related emissions:

  • Reduce the GHG refrigerant footprint of Ingersoll Rand products by 50% by 2020; and

  • Incorporate refrigerant alternatives with lower-global warming potential across the company’sproduct portfolio by 2030.

We are on track to achieve these goals and have avoided approximately 11 million metric tons of CO2e globally, equal to the GHG emissions from the energy used in 1.6 million homes for one year. By 2030, we aim to reduce our products’ carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons, which is equal to the GHG emissions from approximately 5.6 billion gallons of gasoline consumed.

Our recent work on low-global warming potential refrigerant technology development demonstrates how Ingersoll Rand translates our public stance into practical innovation. For example, instead of waiting for the world’s regulatory authorities to mandate the use of next-generation refrigerants,we are working with our suppliers to develop global solutions that are energy-efficient and leverage current designs to help facilitate a smooth transition. We are also committed to investing $500 million in product-related research and development from 2015 to 2020 to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions.

Our Refrigerant Management Technical Team works across the organization to establish best operating practices and equipment specifications to reduce the potential for refrigerant leaks during refrigerant storage, use and recovery. Ingersoll Rand uses an optical gas imaging camera for the detection of refrigerant leaks at our manufacturing sites. This technology allows proactive identification and correction of leaks, thereby reducing the cost of goods sold and avoiding losses of global warming-related materials. Ingersoll Rand has further implemented a monthly reconciliation process to assess refrigerant losses at the manufacturing sites.

$500 million invested in product-related research and development from 2015 to 2020

 

GHG EMISSIONS
(metric tons CO2e)

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Direct CO2 (GHG Scope 1)

364,658

390,856

463,975

465,919

512,450

Breakdown of Scope 1 Emissions

 

 

 

Emissions from fuel

 

 

Emissions from refrigerants

 

 

 

126,196

127,577

130,062

127,369

126,740

238,462

263,279

333,913

338,550

385,710

Indirect CO2e (GHG Scope 2)
(Emissions from electricity)

194,348

215,614

245,907

251,287

260,222

Total (Scope 1 and 2 Emissions)

559,006

606,470

709,882

717,207

772,673

Normalized GHG Emissions
(metric tons CO2e/million USD)

39.37

44.89

53.37

55.63

62.56

Reduction of absolute GHG emissions (2013
baseline

27.65%

213,667
metric tons
CO2e

 


 

Reduction of GHG emissions intensity (2013
baseline)

37.1%

 

 


 

 

Fuel-Related Emissions

We undertook several initiatives that will save $700,000

and 1,600 metric tons CO₂e over the vehicle life of our fleet

In 2017, we increased the efficiency of our fleet by 5% and our absolute fleet emissions went down by approximately 1%. We undertook several initiatives that will save $700,000 and 1,600 metric tons CO2e over the vehicle life for our fleet.

  • We continued to minimize large displacement vehicles, only strategically deploying 8-cylinder engines where they are more effective. As part of efforts underway to minimize idle vehicles, we turned in or sold 49 vehicles during our spring order cycle.

  • We officially switched to the hybrid as our standard vehicle in 2016. The introduction of these hybrids, which have a higher upfront cost but significantly increase fuel economy, helped us achieve an improvement from 16.9 to 17.8 miles per gallon in 2017.

EcoWise Portfolio

In support of our Climate Commitment, in 2015, we launched the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise portfolio of products, specifically branded for next-generation, low-global warming potential refrigerants without sacrificing energy efficiency and safety. In 2017, we doubled the size of our EcoWise portfolio.

In 2017 we doubled the size of our EcoWise™ portfolio

Management Approach

Our Climate Commitment outlines goals that drive GHG emissions reductions in our operations and products.

Please see our Progress Toward 2020 Targets section. The Commitment is signed by Ingersoll Rand Chairman and CEO Michael W. Lamach. He announced the Commitment at the United Nations Climate Summit in 2014. A third party assures GHG emissions data from our operations every year. In early 2017, we performed an internal audit of the product GHG collection process to ensure the integrity of our data.

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