Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Pollutant Emissions and Refrigerants

Through our Climate Commitment, we aim to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions (on a per unit revenue basis) 35% by 2020 compared to a 2013 baseline. Over the past five years, we reduced the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with our operations by more than 238,200 metric tons of CO2e – or 31% – while total energy efficiency has increased 23%. In total, we have avoided 732,663 metric tons of CO2e in operational GHG emissions since 2013.    

Regional GHG Breakdown*

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Scope 1 (metric tons CO2e)

North America Region (NAR)

277,581

297,157

314,541

378,283

355,222

408,052

Latin America (LAT)

1,774

1,620

1,743

1,792

1,694

1,938

Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

37,889

46,441

48,342

43,803

38,614

44,670

Asia Pacific (AP)

25,733

23,433

28,605

42,102

72,804

59,784

Scope 2 (metric tons CO2e)

NAR

150,086

151,967

173,676

195,595

200,589

208,341

LAT

246

248

309

178

203

246

EMEA

9,281

9,741

10,318

13,549

11,816

13,177

AP

34,203

32,718

31,520

35,067

37,100

35,842

 

 

GHG Emissions* (metric tons CO2e)

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Direct CO2e (GHG Scope 1)

342,969

368,648

393,233

466,396

468,775

514,714

Breakdown of Scope 1 emissions

Emissions from fuel

129,396

128,757

129,954

132,487

130,232

129,004

Emissions from refrigerants

213,573

239,891

263,279

333,909

338,543

385,710

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

193,815

194,674

215,885

246,211

252,061

260,352

Total (Scope 1 and 2 emissions)

536,785

563,322

609,117

712,607

720,836

775,066

Normalized GHG emissions (metric tons CO2e/million USD)

34.26

39.68

45.09

53.58

55.92

62.76

Reduction of absolute GHG emissions (2013 baseline)

238,281

 

Reduction of GHG emissions intensity (2013 baseline)

45%

 

 

 

NOx And SOx Emissions* (metric tons)

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

NOx

114.85

114.51

115.49

116.20

113.74

107.85

SOx

7.60

7.51

7.03

7.20

6.23

7.39

 

Management Approach

2020 Targets

Reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 35% and the GHG refrigerant footprint of our products by 50%. Invest $500 million in product-related research and development to fund long-term GHG reduction.

Oversight

Our chairman and CEO announced and signed our Commitment at the United Nations Climate Summit in 2014.

Approach

Ingersoll Rand accounts for operational, product and fuel-related emissions. We design programs, products and initiatives that enable us to reduce emissions and achieve our targets. A third party assures GHG emissions data from our operations every year, and we performed an internal audit in 2017 of the product GHG collection process to ensure the integrity of our data.

Read more about our global Climate Commitment.

 

Approximately 36% of our operational Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions are from electricity use. Refrigerants, an essential component of many Ingersoll Rand products, are also a significant source of emissions. These compounds, also called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), have higher global warming potential than carbon dioxide and account for approximately 40% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Read about our efforts to reduce our energy use through energy efficiency and renewable energy in the energy section.

 

 

 

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Air Emissions*

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Direct VOC emissions (metric tons)

271

272

278

272

259

297

 

 

Refrigerants Data*

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Refrigerant emissions
(Refrigerant losses in pounds of refrigerant)

293,339

338,978

354,895

422,542

408,285

474,054

Normalized GHG emissions
(metric tons CO2e/million USD)

13.63

16.90

19.49

25.10

26.26

31.23



HFC Alternatives

To reduce product-related GHG emissions, we are identifying HFC alternatives and offering our customers more sustainable products. One of our Climate Commitment goals is to offer refrigerant alternatives to customers throughout our portfolio
by 2030. We believe we can speed up the transition to products that have a smaller environmental impact without compromising product quality.

Since launching all the Climate Commitment goals five years ago, we have avoided approximately 21 million metric tons of CO2e globally from our products, equal to the GHG emissions from the energy used in 2.5 million homes for one year. By 2030, our goal is to reduce our products’ carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons, which is equal to the energy used in 5.9 million homes for one year. We have also invested more than $400 million—approximately 80%—of our goal to invest $500 million over the next five years in product-related research and development to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions.

Read more about our approach to energy efficient and low emissions products and public policy advocacy

Fuel-Related Emissions

In 2018, we increased the fuel efficiency of our fleet by 1%, and our absolute fleet emissions decreased by approximately 6,310 metric tons CO2e, which is equivalent to the energy used in 756 homes for one year.

With our standard vehicle, the hybrid, our fleet fuel efficiency improved from 16.9 to 17.8 miles per gallon in 2018. We also use new vehicles with improved fuel economy and better engine performance that are more effective to minimize large displacement vehicles. Through our efforts, we saved $1.5 million and 6,310 metric tons CO2e over the vehicle life for our fleet.

Ecowise Portfolio

The Ingersoll Rand EcoWiseTM portfolio reduces the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of our refrigerant bearing products and offers our customers more sustainable choices. EcoWise products are specifically designed for next-generation, low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants without sacrificing energy efficiency, safety and operating performance. We doubled the size of this portfolio in 2017 and added two more products in 2018.

 

 

*Slight adjustments made to previously reported data for 2013-2017 to reflect changes in our operational footprint.