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Ingersoll-Rand announces plan to convert to HFO refrigerants

Owner of Trane and Thermo King believes strategy of exiting HFCs by 2030 and halving CO2 emissions by 2020 is more far-reaching than competitors

Ingersoll-Rand, owner of the Trane chiller and Thermo King transport refrigeration brands, has announced its intention to phase in HFCs from its product line by 2030 and replace them with HFOs.

Chief executive Mike Lamach said that the manufacturer is aiming to cut the CO2 emissions of its products by 50 per cent by 2020.At the same time it has announced it will cut the emissions footprint of its own offices, factories and transport fleet by 35 per cent in the same period and committed $500 million to product-related R&D over the next five years in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,

He said in so doing, the company is going further than its competitors and is bidding to win more work with the supermarkets that are in the forefront of refrigerant changes.

Mr Lamach said: “Energy efficiency requires action now and can be the most effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We are leading our industry toward a more sustainable world and are signaling to our customers, employees and shareholders that our future products will match our legacy of efficient, reliable and sustainable solutions.”

The company also said it will ‘standardise its approach to minimising refrigerant leakage in product design and reliability, manufacturing and servicing practices.’

Mr Lamach told the Financial Times: “This is leapfrogging what other companies are doing.”

He said in the research programme I-R will:

·        Work with other industry experts to help identify a lower global warming potential roadmap for areas without viable alternatives, especially in hot climates;

·        Work with universities to develop and test alternative technologies to address areas, such as atmospheric life, heat transfer properties and overall performance; and

·        Work with building owners and industrial and transport customers to understand their needs and demonstrate the performance of next-generation technologies.

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