At Ingersoll Rand, we manufacture many of our products’ components made from a variety of materials including steel, copper and aluminum. We work closely with suppliers to ensure they share our commitment to sustainability, including reducing packaging, shipping costs and related emissions. Read more about our commitment to supply chain transparency and performance. For more information about our materials management strategy, refer to our Form 10-K.

Materials Data

Savings in emissions from returnable packaging projects (annually) of more than 1,000 tons of CO2e; reduction in solid waste from returnable packaging projects (annually) of more than 1,000 tons.

Product Take-back and Recyclability

The Ingersoll Rand Product Development Process (IRPDP) accounts for all aspects of product design, including materials manufacturing, the use phase and end-of-use considerations. This approach allows us to identify and reduce environmental impacts through packaging, recycling and manufacturing improvements. Through the IRPDP, product teams evaluate and consider the use of recycled content in new product design. We have also developed specific end-of-use manuals for multiple products and many of our businesses have materials take-back programs. For example, Thermo King® deploys independent dealers to take back refrigeration units for resale in secondary markets.


We are committed to eliminating packaging waste including considerations for transport, package material recycling and waste disposal concerns.

To achieve this, our packaging engineers develop innovative and efficient solutions for packaging finished goods and parts. We have a returnable packaging program at 14 North American manufacturing sites to reduce more than 2,500 pounds of solid waste produced from packaging annually.

Our packaging guidelines for suppliers aim to decrease use of hazardous substances, reduce waste and emissions and increase reuse and recycling of materials. Preferred packaging systems are returnable, reusable or recyclable.