Trane Technologies, a global climate innovator, announced a significant milestone for its industry-leading, sustainable climate solutions – with more than one million HVAC units with low-carbon steel shipped to homeowners and commercial customers across the U.S. Less than one year after Trane Technologies established groundbreaking purchase agreements with two major U.S. steel manufacturers, the company’s low-carbon steel products – which include high-efficiency heat pumps and air conditioners – are enabling emission reductions in homes, schools, data centers and hospitals.
“As we continue taking bold, innovative action to decarbonize our entire value chain, this milestone highlights another remarkable step on our journey toward a net-zero future,” said Keith Sultana, senior vice president, global integrated supply chain, Trane Technologies. “Propelled by our purpose to challenge what’s possible for a more sustainable world, we are proud to lead our industry in reducing the embodied carbon of our products – enabling further emissions reductions for our customers and helping to lower their environmental footprints.”
Currently representing 20 percent of Trane Technologies’ annual steel purchase, the low-carbon steel, manufactured in an electric arc furnace and nearly 80 percent less carbon intensive than traditional blast furnace steel, is expected to reduce approximately 16,000 metric tons of carbon annually – the equivalent of emissions generated from powering more than 2,000 homes for one year. As a member of SteelZero, Trane Technologies pledges to procure, specify or stock 50 percent net-zero steel by 2030 and 100 percent net-zero by 2050. The company is also a founding member of the First Movers Coalition.
“Decarbonizing the steel industry is crucial to speeding up climate action,” said Mike Peirce, Executive Director of System Change for Climate Group. “Our SteelZero campaign is dedicated to working with forward-looking companies like Trane Technologies who are turning their commitments into action, harnessing collective purchasing power and influence to accelerate the transition to a responsible, net zero future.”
Through bold, industry-leading action and partnerships, Trane Technologies is advancing its 2030 Sustainability Commitments, including the Gigaton Challenge – a pledge to reduce customer greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion metric tons (or, one gigaton) – and its pledge to be net-zero by 2050. In 2014, the company set its first science-based 2020 Climate Commitments – accelerating innovation to achieve them two years ahead of schedule. The company’s near and long-term emissions reduction targets have been externally validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).