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Water

Critical resource to our planet & our business

Key Stats

23%

Decrease in water use in water-stressed regions compared to 2019

5%

Decrease in water use from 2019 to 2020

2.78

Million cubic meters of total freshwater consumption in 2020

Water Management at Trane Technologies

Water is a critical resource to our planet and our business. We have committed to be net positive in water use by 2030 at locations defined as water stressed — protecting more water than we use. We are improving the quality of watersheds that provide drinking water to millions of people in the water-stressed locations where we have manufacturing operations. We are also in the initial stages of strengthening relationships with peer companies and nongovernmental organizations to develop the mechanisms, governance, partnerships and portfolio solutions to drive restorative measures for water conditions at water-stressed locations.

Water quality for intake and discharge is important at all our sites. We track our water use at each facility monthly through our Gensuite environment management system. 

The WaterWatch™ module tracks effluent discharge data and trends against regulatory limitations and reporting requirements. For each effluent limit, we define an internal action threshold to recognize changing conditions and adjust pretreatment systems before a regulatory discharge limit is exceeded. We have developed and implemented operating standards and procedures to drive toward zero wastewater exceedances year-over-year. 

This approach resulted in a 5% decrease in our overall water use in 2020 compared to 2019. At sites located in water-stressed regions, we reduced 2020 water use by 23% compared to 2019. Last year, total water from Trane Technologies sites in areas of high to extremely high-water stress accounted for only 8% of total water use. Our total freshwater consumption in 2020 was 2.78 million cubic meters. 

Water Data


2020
2019
Water use (million cubic meters)
2.78
2.94
Normalized water use (cubic meters/million USD)
233
225
Wastewater permit exceedances
1
2
Trane Technology sites in areas of high- to extremely high-water stress
14
15