Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., March 1, 2012 – Ingersoll-Rand plc (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, was recognized at the first annual Climate Leadership Awards for the company’s efforts to publicly report and verify corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and publicly set aggressive absolute GHG emissions reduction goals. The Climate Leadership Awards is a new program administered through a partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Climate Registry, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the Association of Climate Change Officers.
The award was presented this week at the first annual Climate Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The conference brings together leaders from business, government, academia and nonprofit organizations interested in exchanging ideas and information on how to address climate change while simultaneously running their operations more competitively and sustainably.
“Receiving recognition from the EPA and other climate policy stakeholder groups is a testament to the enterprise-wide sustainability, commitment and hard work of our environmental, health and safety, manufacturing and operations teams throughout the company,” said Joe Wolfsberger, vice president of environmental health and safety at Ingersoll Rand. “While we acknowledge there is still plenty of opportunity to address our emissions, waste and carbon footprint, this is a valuable barometer with which to benchmark our success.”
Companies applying for this prestigious recognition must have: set aggressive reduction target requirements for greenhouse gas emissions; demonstrated how the organization’s GHG reduction significantly exceeds credible and transparent peer benchmarks; publicly disclosed base year inventory consistent with GHG inventory reporting requirements; and provided third-party verification for reduction in corporate footprints.
“I commend Ingersoll Rand on its exemplary leadership in cutting carbon pollution that harms our climate and threatens our health,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the U.S, Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Ingersoll Rand and all of our Climate Leadership Award winners demonstrate that organizations that are taking action to mitigate climate change are also operating more efficiently, more innovatively and more competitively.”
As part of the activities of this week’s conference, Wolfsberger also provided insights and information on best practices as part of a special panel, Making the Business Case for Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency Programs. More information concerning energy efficiency and Ingersoll Rand’s sustainability efforts can be found at cees.ingersollrand.com
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About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands - including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® - work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.
Chris Tessier, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand
(704) 877-7216, Christopher.Tessier@irco.com