U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy recognized 17 organizations yesterday at the Climate Leadership Awards, including Davidson, N.C.-based Ingersoll Rand. The company received an Organizational Leadership Award for phasing out HCFCs and other refrigerants.

The company has more than 40,000 employees and more than 60 manufacturing sites around the world with brands including Ingersoll Rand. In its efforts to remain environmentally friendly, the company has set a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-reduction goal of 35 percent from 2013 by 2020 for global operations. The company has further committed to reduce the climate impact related to the refrigerants used in the company’s products by 50 percent by 2020 and to incorporate lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant alternatives across the product portfolio by 2030.

Ingersoll also is using life cycle assessments in its product-development process to identify areas of high environmental impact which can then be addressed directly. The company created EcoWise, a portfolio of products designed to lower environmental impact with next-generation, lower global warming potential refrigerants and high-efficiency operation.

“This year’s Climate Leadership Award winners are setting a high bar for organizations across the country,” says McCarthy. “They are proving that climate action isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also the profitable thing to do.”

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