We don’t wait for regulations to catch up with how we operate and innovate. At the same time, we know public policy plays a role in creating system-wide change for a sustainable future. This benefits us and our industry.
That’s why we engage with policymakers to find solutions to the sustainability issues that are most important to our business and stakeholders. We focus most on energy efficiency, air quality and refrigerant policy — supporting policies that facilitate market transitions to more energy-efficient technologies, particulate reductions and products that use next-generation, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.
We engage in public policy through associations and coalitions to understand and help shape future regulations in these areas. This includes active participation in international forums, and, when appropriate, our technical policy experts work directly with regulators and other key stakeholders in advance of and during the rulemaking process.
We set and already exceeded our 2020 citizenship target to share energy conservation information with officials in developing regions. In 2019, we continued to educate government officials and industry bodies around the world on energy-efficient and low GWP technologies. We led national and international committees and working groups, including ASHRAE, UN and ISO, and served as a resource to state and local governments to help them understand the next-generation refrigeration landscape. We also worked with the Air Resources Board in California, as well as with groups in China and India, to help determine ways to achieve the Paris Accord and Kigali Amendment commitments. Read more about our citizenship work.
Alongside initiatives to reduce energy consumption, we believe that a practical transition to a decarbonized electricity grid is critical to resiliency. That’s why we support efforts to make cost-effective forms of renewable energy accessible to all businesses and homeowners and participate in renewable energy forums to share our expertise as a corporate buyer.
We want our customers to have choices and guidance about how and when to transition to low GWP refrigerant alternatives. We continue to introduce and evaluate next-generation refrigerants for global markets to ensure we have the best balance of performance, safety, reliability and availability as well as a strong service organization and supply chain in place to support the transition. Our next-generation chillers are being sold in more than 30 countries, most of which do not have regulations in place. Many countries and U.S. states are acknowledging the benefits of these products on emissions and are introducing regulations that require them.
We continue working with suppliers through our 2020 Climate Commitment and new 2030 Sustainability Commitments to identify and develop a viable, safe, long-term, low GWP alternative to R-410A, which is the most prevalent hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) today. This alternative is crucial to the success of the Kigali Agreement to the Montreal Protocol, which seeks to phase down HFCs globally by approximately 85% by 2046.
We also focus on air quality because urbanization is increasing pollution in cities around the world. In Europe, for example, the proliferation of diesel in passenger and commercial vehicles is increasing levels of particulate and other emissions that have negative health impacts. In line with legislative efforts to create pollutant thresholds, our Thermo King brand is investing in power technology with significantly lower pollutants. By converting our fleet to hybrids, we continue to improve our fuel efficiency by 5% year-over-year.
The laws of many countries prohibit or strictly limit contributions by corporations to political parties and candidates. Although our employees may engage in personal political activity, they are prohibited from doing so on behalf of the company or as a company employee.
In the United States, we manage a nonpartisan political action committee (PAC), which is compliant with all applicable laws and is regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Under the FEC, all funds received by the PAC, and resulting contributions to federal candidates, are publicly disclosed in the FEC Campaign Finance database. Our employees are not permitted to receive any type of reimbursement from the company for personal contributions to political parties and candidates.
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Public policy advocacy, association memberships and lobbying activities help support a policy environment that aligns with the interests of our business and stakeholders. Some of our largest 2019 policy advocacy expenditures included:
In 2019, we belonged to the following U.S. trade, industry and policy associations:
*Association memberships we exited in 2019
We have not contributed to 527 organizations — political organizations created under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code other than political action committees and candidates — and have no intention of doing so. We also do not, and have no intention to, contribute to federal independent expenditure-only committees, also known as “super PACs.”
We act on climate challenges, and then we don’t get complacent. This year we launched our new 2030 Sustainability Commitments. Alongside our operational and product energy efficiency and emissions reduction targets, we advocate in favor of efficiency and clean energy. For example, we’re working to increase energy efficiency targets in North Carolina. In recognition of our contribution to this ongoing policy discussion among North Carolina regulators, we were named a 2019 Clean Energy Champion by Conservatives for Clean Energy and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy.