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At Trane Technologies, we step up and advocate for sustainable change. We support public policy efforts to reduce emissions, advance energy-efficient product technologies, and promote the use of low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.
Our Government Affairs Steering Committee meets with the Enterprise Leadership Team every quarter to discuss policies and review issue areas. Trane Technologies decides how to prioritize and support relevant policies by completing these reviews. In 2021, we continued to develop our policy operations by engaging governments across the globe, hiring new representatives to work in Europe, the Middle East, China, and Latin America. Our Government Affairs team works with policymakers globally to advance legislation based on science to address climate change.
Our Sustainability Advisory Council helps inform our approach to environmental issues like emissions reduction. The Council’s findings guide our educational approach to government officials and industry bodies worldwide about energy efficient products and low-GWP technologies.
In 2021, we participated with and led working groups for several national and international organizations, including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the UN, and ISO. We served as a resource to state and local governments to help them understand the next-generation refrigeration landscape. We also worked with the California Air Resources Board and groups in China and India to determine ways to achieve the Paris Accord and Kigali Amendment commitments. Read more about our contribution to these commitments in the 2030 Sustainability Commitments section of our report.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
As manufacturers worked tirelessly to produce vaccine supplies and fight the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a problem: how could they distribute the mRNA-based vaccines that require ultra-cold storage temperatures? The advanced mRNA vaccines require storage at varying degrees of ultra cold temperatures, depending on the formula, during distribution. Governments and manufacturers turned to industry experts for products that could help with distribution.
Trane Technologies immediately began developing ultra-cold storage technology to assist with global vaccine distribution. We continued to supply ultra-cold storage solutions throughout 2021, doing our part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trane Technologies supports public policy efforts to decarbonize energy grids and enhance access to emissions reduction technologies. As part of our leading decarbonization efforts, we advocate for low-cost access to renewable energy sources for businesses and homeowners. We also promote policies to continue advancing energy efficient, low-emissions product availability. Advocacy is a critical component of achieving our bold 2030 Sustainability Commitments and reducing our customers’ carbon footprint through the Gigaton Challenge. In 2021, as part of our public policy support, we:
Urbanization drives resource consumption and increases pollution in cities around the world. Through our legislative support efforts, we advocate for pollutant thresholds to improve air quality, and we design our products to align with the policies we support. For example, in Sweden, we integrated a Thermo King FRIGOBLOCK unit with an all-electric Volvo FE distribution truck. The zero-emissions and low-noise solution allows a Swedish food delivery company to operate in special Ultra-Low Emission Zones regulated by European Union governments. The integration contributes to our Gigaton Challenge by reducing downstream customer emissions and meets the type of stringent emissions controls we support.
We support policies related to next-generation refrigerants and commit to using lower-GWP refrigerants in our products. As an industry leader, we offer our customers choices and guidance on transitioning to lower-GWP refrigerant alternatives. For example, Thermo King announced that it will shift to lower-GWP refrigerants as a standard for all new truck and trailer products. The transition could reduce the carbon footprint of refrigerants used by its customers’ long-haul, middle-mile, and last-mile delivery fleets by nearly 50%. Mid-2022 model years will come standard with the lower-GWP refrigerant, one year ahead of the California Air Resources Board law requiring Transport Refrigeration Units to use refrigerants with a GWP below 2,200.
We continue to introduce and evaluate next generation refrigerants for global markets to ensure our products provide the best balance of performance, safety, reliability, and accessibility, and advocate policies that support this transition.
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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, Trane Technologies prohibits them from doing so on behalf of the company or as a company employee.
In the U.S., we manage a non-partisan political action committee (PAC), which complies with all applicable laws and is regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Under the FEC, we publicly disclose all funds received by the PAC and resulting contributions to federal candidates in the FEC Campaign Finance database. We do not permit our employees to receive reimbursement from the company for personal contributions to political parties and candidates. In 2021, we spent $804,508 in lobbying expenditures. Read more about our political contributions in the ESG Data Center.
Trane Technologies has not contributed to 527 organizations – political organizations created under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code other than political action committees and candidates – and we 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.”
In 2021, we belonged to the following U.S. trade, industry, and policy associations:
As industry leaders in climate innovation, we stand at the forefront of addressing our planet’s climate challenges. We marked the beginning of our new 2030 Sustainability Commitments in 2019 and made significant advancements in 2021.
2021 was a year that underscored the urgency to act on climate change. We successfully advocated in the U.S. Congress for the passage of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act in 2020 and applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) announcement of HFC production phase downs starting in 2021. We believe the law will yield product innovation while creating jobs and stimulating the economy to the benefit of communities and the environment.