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Waste

Conserving natural resources while creating cost-saving opportunities

Key Stats

22

zero-waste to landfill sites

35%

reduction in total solid waste generated since 2019

415.5

mtCO2e avoided from returnable packaging projects

At Trane Technologies, we are enhancing our waste reduction strategy by beginning to include circular economy principles that reach all our operations from product design and manufacturing through each product’s end-of-life.

Illustration showing 86% of waste recycled in 2021

During the product development process, our engineers consider the recyclability and efficiency of each material used. This can help improve our rate of recycling and identify opportunities for remanufacturing at product end-of-life. They also consider the manufacturing process for each product line to conserve natural resources and reduce potential production by-products like material waste and pollution. These benefits are not only better for the planet, but also create cost-saving opportunities for our business. Read more about our product life cycle, materials, and approach to circularity.

Trane Technologies is committed to zero waste to landfill company-wide by 2030. At the end of 2021, 22 of our sites globally achieved zero waste to landfill, representing over 50% of our manufacturing locations. We track and internally report our waste output from operations monthly and contract with a third party to handle disposal. We conduct studies at our key sites with our waste management partners to identify opportunities to improve cardboard and wood recycling, and at some Trane Technologies locations, we use waste-to-energy operations when physical recycling outlets are unavailable.

Waste Data


2019
2020
2021
Waste Generated (metric tons)
Total hazardous waste generated
1,008
874
1,043
Total non-hazardous waste generated
32,569
30,490
31,826
Total waste generated
33,577
31,364
32,869
Total solid waste generated
10,521
8,798
6,859
Reduction in solid waste generated from a 2019 baseline
-
16%
35%
Normalized hazardous waste (metric tons/million USD)
0.0771
0.0701
0.0738
Normalized non-hazardous waste (metric tons/million USD)
2.49
2.45
2.25
Number of sites that achieved zero waste to landfill by year-end
14
17
22
Waste Disposal (metric tons)​
Non-hazardous waste to landfill
5,564
6,143
4,249
Non-hazardous waste recycled
23,055
22,565
26,011
Normalized non-hazardous waste to landfill (metric tons/million USD)
0.43
0.49
0.30
Normalized non-hazardous waste recycled (metric tons/million USD)
1.76
1.81
1.84
Packaging Data​
Emissions avoided from returnable packaging projects (metric tons CO2e)
>1,000
>22
415.5
Solid waste avoided from returnable packaging projects (metric tons)
>1,000
>200
1,360

Packaging

Within our manufacturing operations, supplier packaging is the primary waste material sent to landfill. We work with our suppliers to minimize packaging waste using our Supplier Packaging Guidelines. These guidelines outline best practices in material packaging that minimize cost, maximize safety and quality, and promote a preferred sequence of reduce, reuse, and recycle. We encourage our suppliers to use reusable/returnable packaging for all shipments to be a preferred supplier of Trane Technologies. Since 2019, an additional 30+ suppliers have partnered with Trane Technologies to convert from expendable to returnable packaging solutions. We use returnable packaging programs at 14 North American manufacturing sites, reducing more than 1,000 metric tons of packaging annually. Read more about how we achieve sustainability goals with suppliers.

Positive change through Partnership

In 2021, Trane Technologies partnered with supplier Kings Eco on a packaging improvement project. The new reusable and stackable packaging allows us to optimize truck space and reduce the number of trucks needed to complete a shipment from nine trucks per month to four. This results in an annual reduction of 67 tons of CO2 and 56 tons of solid waste.