According to the Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), more than one-quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from electricity and heat production. As a leading manufacturer of products that heat, cool, increase industrial productivity and automate buildings and transport, we are uniquely positioned to address climate change.
As part of our Climate Commitment, we developed Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction goals through the Science Based Targets Initiative to align with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius. To date, we have avoided 21 million metric tons of CO2equivalent (CO2e) globally from our products compared to a 2013 baseline. We have also reduced the GHG emissions intensity of our operations by 45%—meeting and surpassing our target two years early— and reduced energy use by 63,259 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) and electricity consumption by 18,373 megawatt hours (MWh) since 2013.
This year, we took our commitment a step further. Ingersoll Rand joined a cohort of companies leading climate change action in signing on to support the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations. In doing so, we outlined our approach to governance, strategy and risk management as well as our metrics and targets in our first-ever climate-related disclosure.
Read more about our efforts to reduce GHG emissions and refrigerants related to our business operations and products in greenhouse gas emissions, pollutant emissions and refrigerants and product emissions.