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Public Policy

Stepping forward & leading the way to promote change

Public Policy

We don’t wait for regulations to force change; we step forward and lead the way. We work with policy makers and other partners to promote change. We support policies that facilitate market transitions to more energy-efficient technologies, particulate reductions and products that use next-generation, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policy

In 2020, we continued educating government officials and industry bodies around the world on energy efficient and low GWP technologies. We led national and international committees and working groups, including ASHRAE, UN and ISO, and served as a resource to state and local governments to help them understand the next-generation refrigeration landscape. We also worked with the Air Resources Board in California, as well as with groups in China and India, to determine ways to achieve the Paris Accord and Kigali Amendment commitments. Read more about our corporate citizenship work.

Combating climate change requires more than one company or one industry. We support efforts to make cost-effective forms of renewable energy accessible to all businesses and homeowners and we participate in renewable energy forums to share our expertise as a corporate buyer. These initiatives contribute to the transition to a decarbonized electricity grid. 

Working with federal and state public policy leaders, Trane Technologies’ essential workers kept vital indoor air quality systems efficient and functional, supporting mission-critical operations for hospitals and emergency services. We also provided solutions in the transport refrigeration segment – keeping the cold chain operational to support the needs of fresh food distribution and lifesaving pharmaceutical operations, including the specialized needs for ultra-cold storage of COVID-19 vaccine from manufacturing sites all the way through the distribution channel.

Refrigerant Policy & Climate Change 

As an industry leader, we offer our customers choices and guidance about how and when to transition to low-GWP refrigerant alternatives. We continue to introduce and evaluate next-generation refrigerants for global markets to ensure we have the best balance of performance, safety, reliability and availability. We also need to maintain a strong service organization and supply chain to support transitions. We sell our next-generation chillers in more than 30 countries, most of which do not have regulations in place. Many countries and the U.S. are acknowledging the emissions benefits of these products and are introducing regulations that require them.

We work with suppliers to identify and develop a viable, safe, long-term, low-GWP alternative to R-410A, which is the most prevalent hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) today. Finding an alternative is crucial to the success of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which seeks to phase down HFCs globally by approximately 85% by 2046.

Air Quality

Urbanization is driving resource consumption and increasing pollution in cities around the world. In Europe, for example, the proliferation of diesel in passenger and commercial vehicles is increasing levels of particulate and other emissions. We focus on air quality to increase access to clean air. In line with legislative efforts to create pollutant thresholds, our Thermo King brand is investing in power technology with significantly lower pollutants. Our Advancer unit is more efficient than its predecessor and 30% more efficient than the market average.

Political Activity

We strictly adhere to all laws and regulations governing corporate political activities. The laws of many countries prohibit or strictly limit contributions by corporations to political parties and candidates. Although our employees may engage personally, they are prohibited from doing so on behalf of the company or as a company employee.

In the United States, we manage a nonpartisan political action committee (PAC), which is compliant with all applicable laws and is regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Under the FEC, all funds received by the PAC, and resulting contributions to federal candidates, are publicly disclosed in the FEC Campaign Finance database. Our employees are not permitted to receive any type of reimbursement from the company for personal contributions to political parties and candidates.

Lobbying Expenditures


2020
Total monetary value of Trane Technologies’ financial and in-kind lobbying contributions made directly and indirectly by the organization.
$632,680

Employee Contributions to Trane Technologies’ Political Action Committee (U.S. Only)


2020
2019
Total Employee Contributions
$20,751.12
$27,658.83

Policy Advocacy

Public policy advocacy, association memberships and lobbying activities are key elements of pushing what’s possible to achieve sustainability goals and address global challenges. Through policy advocacy, we work to shape a policy environment that aligns with the interests of our business, stakeholders and planet. Some of our largest 2020 policy advocacy expenditures included:

  • Advocating to phase down high-global warming potential HFCs in multiple countries and the U.S. 
  • U.S. federal lobbying in support of ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
  • U.S. federal lobbying in support of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act and the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act
  • Advocating for policies that encourage non-battery energy storage like thermal energy storage technologies in the U.S. 
  • Advocating for clean energy plans and beneficial electrification strategies in several regions and the U.S. 
  • Advocating for U.S. federal tax incentives encouraging energy efficiency in new and existing homes
  • Advocating for sustainable building policies in several geographic regions/countries

In 2020, we belonged to the following U.S. trade, industry and policy associations:

  • Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
  • Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
  • Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)
  • American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)
  • California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)
  • Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
  • Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
  • Digital Climate Alliance
  • Energy Storage Association (ESA)
  • European Partnership for Energy Efficiency (EPEE)
  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
  • Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)
  • National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO)
  • National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • North Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA)
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA)
  • Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
  • Renewable Energy Buyers Association (REBA)
  • South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER)
  • Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEP)
  • Southwest Energy Efficiency Partnerships (SWEEP)
  • The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (ARAP)
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) — India
  • US Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) 
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)

527 Organizations and Super PACs

We have not contributed to 527 organizations — political organizations created under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code other than political action committees and candidates — and have no intention of doing so. We also do not, and have no intention to, contribute to federal independent expenditure-only committees, also known as “super PACs.”

Challenging What Is Possible

As climate innovators, we are at the forefront of addressing our planet’s climate challenges. 2020 marked the beginning of our new 2030 Sustainability Commitments. It was also a year that underscored the urgency to act on climate change. We successfully advocated in the United States Congress for the passage of the American Innovation and Manufacturing “AIM” Act, which was signed into law in December 2020. The new law authorizes EPA to phase down HFC production and consumption and aligns the United States with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. We believe this will yield additional product innovation while creating jobs and stimulating the economy to the benefit of communities and the environment.