Environmental, Health & Safety Management

Protecting the environment while safeguarding our people

Integration of robust EHS practices in our everyday functions.

At Trane Technologies, we operate in a way that protects the environment and safeguards our people. We integrate robust Environment Health and Safety (EHS) practices into our everyday functions. We publish an enterprise-wide EHS Policy, and align our standards to comply with the global, national, state, and local EHS statutes at our operational sites, often exceeding regulatory requirements. We’re committed to cultivating a zero-injury and zero-incident culture across our operational footprint. 

As part of our EHS Policy, we take preventive safety measures, like performing maintenance on manufacturing equipment and updating our medical and pandemic response plans. Our EHS standards are scientifically sound and aligned with the latest guidance from regulatory bodies, including the U.S. OSHA and ISO.    

Our EHS Council continuously monitors emerging trends and regulatory changes by engaging with EHS regulators in our operational locations. The council regularly updates our policies to reflect new developments. Additionally, we analyze internal performance data and conduct internal and third-party audits of our facilities. We submit our data and procedures annually to a third party for assurance, and our EHS management system incorporates key elements of ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards. 

Our Environmental, Health & Safety Policy  

In 2021, our Chair and CEO, Dave Regnery, reaffirmed our EHS Policy. The policy represents a promise to our employees, customers, partners, shareholders, and communities that we will strive for safety excellence in the workplace, and that we remain committed to protecting the environment. 

Our CEO and the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Operational Services serve as the executive sponsor of our company’s EHS Policy. Our Divisional EHS Leaders and Enterprise EHS Team meet regularly to review our EHS management standards, set annual performance targets, and review performance metrics. KPIs include leading and lagging metrics, like injury rates and GHG emissions reductions. Each quarter, sponsors of our EHS Policy meet at a townhall event to review performance and discuss the company’s EHS strategy. 

To achieve a zero-injury and incident culture and meet our environmental goals, we require our contract, hourly, and salaried employees to participate in EHS training. Our EHS training programs integrate environmental protection practices, such as energy reduction strategies and the reuse and recycling of materials, with jobsite safety procedures. During 2021, our employees received training on COVID-19 prevention measures, job-specific EHS training, and annual EHS refresher training. New employees and contractors received initial EHS training specific to their work location or project assignments. Through training, employees learn how to integrate EHS practices into their everyday activities. 

As part of our EHS Policy, we set annual targets to measure, manage and communicate our environmental performance. We follow our Business Operating System (BOS) standard work that includes programs to prevent pollution, reduce waste, limit energy consumption, and conserve water. We work to reduce our use of nonrenewable natural resources, increase the reuse and recycling of materials, and decrease our GHG emissions.  

Our BOS includes requirements for EHS incident, crisis, hazard management, and response plans. In the event of an EHS incident, we take appropriate corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence at the specific location and across the enterprise.  

How we monitor performance

How We Monitor Performance

Environment and Climate Change
Safety Procedure
​Pollution prevention, environmental management and integrated permitting
General safety and health management
Air Quality
Personal protective equipment
Water supply management, including a water quality management system
Hazardous substance management and dangerous substances
Wastewater discharge management
Physical and mechanical hazards
Waste management
Fire protection

During the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly formed an internal Pandemic Response Team. The team monitored global COVID-19 conditions and the frequently updated guidelines from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make actionable recommendations to facility leaders on methods to prevent spread of the virus. Our facilities continue to follow the latest guidelines when it comes to testing, face coverings, and social distancing, as well as encouraging staff vaccinations.

Air Filtration

Air Filtration:

The Trane Catalytic Air Cleaning system includes a multilayered approach to in-duct air cleaning including special filtration, photocatalytic oxidation and UV light systems to remove pathogens and particulates from the air in health care facilities. In areas with specialized needs, such as isolation rooms and operating theaters, proper pressurization and airflow keep pathogens from spreading. We are experts in meeting the needs of healthcare facilities, as well as operations like research laboratories and pharmaceutical manufacturers, providing specialized climate solutions to meet strict standards in air quality. Find out how a Thai hotel used our advanced air filtration systems to safely welcome visitors to its rooms. 

Audits and Due Diligence 

Our facilities conduct annual EHS self-assessments according to a standard company-wide protocol. We use the findings from these assessments to identify opportunities in our EHS performance and adjust our management practices accordingly.  

In 2021, third-party consultants audited the EHS practices at a portion of our factories, distribution centers, parts stores, and field service work locations. The audit interval depends on the site’s complexity and size. It also depends on the staffing and the nature of manufacturing operations onsite, as well as the regulatory EHS requirements from local, state, or federal authorities.  

During acquisitions, we employ a comprehensive EHS integration model and complete formal due diligence that includes EHS inspections. Our EHS integration model includes orientation training, compliance-based auditing, risk assessments, implementation of our EHS management system, and data reporting procedures.   

We did not receive any significant fines in 2021 for environmental non-compliance and prescribed to the underlying elements of Precautionary Approach Principle 15 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Declaration). We work to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances employed in our business operations where possible, like our cross-functional effort to redesign our manufacturing processes and product offerings to shift to low-GWP refrigerants. We continue to evolve our business operations to align with the Precautionary Principle.