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Powering our business with efficiency in mind

Key Stats

233B

KJ

Decrease in absolute energy use in 2020

22.4B

KJ

Of renewable energy generated in 2020

64,668

MWh

Reduction YoY to power our manufacturing plants worldwide

Our Energy Use

The energy we use to power our manufacturing plants and business operations directly impacts the global community. We are committed to managing and reducing that impact. In 2020, it took approximately 780,556 megawatt hours (MWh) to power our manufacturing plants worldwide— 64,668 MWh less than in 2019. The difference is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of more than 113,456 passenger vehicles. We improve operational efficiency to optimize our energy use, increase business productivity and reduce emissions through a strategic transition to electrified heating and renewable energy sources.

In 2020, we achieved a 1% reduction in energy intensity as a direct result of conservation and energy efficiency initiatives. 

We pursued certification standards at several of our sites around the world. At the end of 2020, we had 5 ISO 50001-certified sites, 3 LEED-certified sites and 3 Green Globe-certified sites.

By 2030 we plan to achieve a 10% reduction in absolute energy consumption and achieve carbon neutral operations.

Energy Efficiency

Emissions intensity and energy intensity go hand-in-hand. To reduce our operational GHG emissions intensity, we take a holistic, whole-system approach to the energy efficiency of both buildings and the vehicle fleets in our global operations. Focusing on energy efficiency drives us toward solutions that are better for the environment and better for business. We go beyond repairing and replacing old equipment to save money. We improve the building envelopes, upgrade lighting, add passive heating and cooling techniques to reduce need load from HVAC, automate mechanical systems to reduce energy waste, design smarter systems that support renewable energy integration and shift electricity demand to reduce strains on the grid. 

We are always pushing further and have committed to reduce our absolute energy consumption 10% by 2030. 

Our total energy efficiency has improved by nearly 8% since 2019. Important energy efficiency initiatives include:

  • Signing onto the Alliance to Save Energy’s Three Percent Club, which requires Trane and Thermo King businesses to improve energy efficiency by 3% annually.
  • Updating elements of our Business Operating System to further integrate energy efficiency into manufacturing and services delivery standard work.
  • Using the expertise of the Trane Energy Services team to assess and drive energy efficiency improvements across our operations.
  • Implementing other initiatives, including optimized HVAC systems, employee Green Team programs, automated mechanical system control and re-lamping.

Renewable Energy

Project
Location
Type
Estimated Annual Production
Status
REC Treatment
Trenton Solar Project
Trenton, New Jersey
On-Site Solar
1,990 kW
Online
REC Swap*
Columbia Solar Project
Columbia, South Carolina
On-Site Solar PV
1.35 MW direct current
Online
REC Swap*
Taicang Solar Project
Taicang, China
On-Site Solar
2,800 kW
Online
Company owns renewable energy attributes from 100% of generation
Seymour Hill Wind Farm VPPA
Northern Texas
Wind virtual purchase power agreement (VPPA)
110,000 MWh
Online
Company owns and retires RECs

*REC Swap: The Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from this project are sold to the utility to meet RPS requirements. We purchased replacement RECs from other renewable energy facilities in the U.S. 

In Trenton, NJ and Columbia, SC, we have agreements to sell the renewable energy attributes we generate to the local utility. To work toward our operational goals, we replace what is sold with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) in the matching amount of the renewable electricity we generated. RECs are certificates corresponding to 1 Megawatt of energy produced from renewable sources. 

We generate solar energy at our Taicang, China manufacturing facility, which is used to power our operations. We also sell some of it to the grid during off-peak times. In total, the solar installations address about 14% of the electricity load at these three manufacturing sites. 

Our VPPA with the Seymour Hills windfarm in Texas began generating electricity in June 2019, helping reduce our U.S. Scope 2 GHG emissions from electricity use by about 30% since then. That is the equivalent of taking 11,585 cars off the road.

Between generated renewable electricity and purchases through our VPPA, our investments resulted in a reduction of 43% in our market-based Scope 2 GHG emissions in 2020. Read more about our approach to managing GHG emissions, pollutant emissions and refrigerants.

We believe large-scale investments in renewables are vital to shifting to a clean-energy economy. Direct investment in on-site renewable energy has several advantages. It can provide the clearest claim to the renewables and have a direct impact on our operations. In parts of the world with uncertain electricity prices and availability, on-site renewable energy ensures greater operational continuity.

Absolute Energy Use


2020
2019
Absolute Energy Use (billion KJ)
Direct (fuel use)
1,710
1,876
Indirect (electricity)
1,100
1,167
Total
2,810
3,043
​Normalized energy use (billion KJ/million USD)
​0.226
​0.233
Natural gas
771
802
Gasoline
699
791
Diesel
178
203
Propane
56
62
Aviation fuel
7
18
Renewable energy (see full Renewable Energy data below)
8.9
9.5
Total direct energy
1,719
1,885

Renewable Energy Data 

2020 Renewable Energy Data
Amount (billion KJ)
Renewable energy generated
22.4
Renewable energy generated and sold to grid
21.0
Renewable energy generated and used
8.9
Renewable energy purchased
438.8

Trane Technologies operated 15 global locations with 100% of their electricity provided directly or indirectly from renewable sources. 

Trane Technologies has achieved a significant step in efforts to achieve RE100. For 2020, fifteen of our global locations realized RE100 with 100% of their electricity delivered from renewable energy sources. The associated renewable-based electricity originates from our own on-site photovoltaic/solar generation systems, directly contracting with power suppliers who provide electricity from renewable systems (solar, wind or water), or purchasing and retiring Renewable Energy Credits as indirect sources of electricity.  

Trane Technologies Operating with 100% Renewable Electricity for CY 2020 include the following: 

Location
Type
Atlanta, GA, USA
Distribution Center
Bridgeston Enterprise Way, MO, USA
Distribution Center
Bridgeston, MO, USA
Distribution Center
Barcelona, Spain
Manufacturing
Essen, Germany
Manufacturing
Freemont, OH, USA
Manufacturing
Galway, Ireland
Manufacturing
Grand Rapid, MI, USA
Manufacturing
Hastings, NE, USA
Manufacturing
Kolin, Czech Republic
Manufacturing
Pueblo, CO, USA
Manufacturing
Shannon, Ireland
Manufacturing
Tyler, TX, USA
Manufacturing
Waco, TX, USA
Manufacturing
Prague, Czech Republic
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Trane Technologies wins NAM Sustainability Leadership Award 

Trane Technologies won the NAM Sustainability Leadership Award for achievements in energy reductions in our operations. 

Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality

Achieving carbon neutral operations is a critical step in addressing climate change in alignment with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by 2050. We have already reduced our operational emissions intensity by 53% compared to 2013 levels. We will continue to focus on improving energy efficiency, electrifying heating and investing in both on- and off-site renewable electricity generation across our enterprise in pursuit of this goal. 

In 2020, one example of this took place at our Thermo King Navigate Line in Galway, Ireland. We teamed up with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to map the carbon footprint of our existing production line. The assessment determined that we can achieve carbon neutrality through a combination of low-energy consumption assembly equipment, on-site solar electricity generation, bio-based liquefied petroleum gas and diesel, and carbon offsets for the balance of GHG emissions. We look forward to implementing these initiatives to measure and assess their success. This is just one of many examples of how we’re addressing climate challenges.