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Water

Saving a critical resource to our planet & our business

We recognize water as a critical element of the natural and social ecosystems, and the risk that water scarcity poses to communities around the world.

Key Stats

18%

water use reduction at facilities in water-stressed regions since 2019

20%

reduction in water use from facilities in areas of high to extremely high water stress since 2019

1.4%

reduction in total water used since 2019

Trane Technologies’ use of water within our manufacturing process is minimal; however, we recognize water as a critical element of the natural and social ecosystems, and the risk that water scarcity poses to communities around the world. We assess our water scarcity risk annually using the World Resources Institute Aqueduct tool during our enterprise-wide risk assessment and consider our risk to be low.

We operate 14 facilities within water-stressed areas. Per the World Resources Institute definitions, a Trane Technologies facility is considered to be in a water-stressed locale if it has a risk score of 3 or greater for Physical Risks Quantity, Physical Risks Quality, Regulatory & Reputational Risks, or Overall Risk. These facilities with high to extremely high water-stress risks account for only 8% of our total water use in 2021. Nevertheless, we continually work to minimize our water use and protect natural watersheds while looking for ways to capture water and return it to bodies of water with the ambition to achieve a net positive impact on water in water-stressed areas by 2030. 

We track monthly water use using the Benchmark ESG/Gensuite™ EHS management system. Since 2019, we decreased our water use at facilities located within water-stressed regions by 18%. We are a member of the Alliance of Water Stewardship and continue to work with our peer companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop solutions that will restore and improve water conditions in water-stressed areas so millions of people will maintain access to safe drinking water.

Effluent discharge is monitored against local and federal regulatory limitations using the WaterWatch™ tool within the Benchmark ESG/GensuiteTM platform. For each effluent, we maintain internal action thresholds to recognize changing conditions and adjust pretreatment systems before a regulatory discharge limit is exceeded. Our operating standards and procedures help us strive for zero wastewater exceedances every year.

We have completed the CDP Water disclosure annually since 2008. Read our 2021 disclosure.

See more water metrics in our ESG Data Center.

Water Data


2019
2020
2021
Water use (million cubic meters)
2.94
2.78
2.90
Normalized water use (cubic meters/million USD)
225
233
205
Percent of total water use at sites in areas of high to extremely high water stress
10%
8%
8%
Wastewater used in water stressed locations (cubic meters)
295,381
226,368
242,512
Reduction in water use in water-stressed regions from 2019 baseline
-
23%
18%
Trane Technologies sites in areas of high to extremely high water-stress
15
14
14
Wastewater permit exceedances
2
1
3