Ingersoll Rand’s Power Tools & Lifting facility in Changzhou, China recently completed the implementation of solar energy. The extensive project included the installation of over 3,500 square-metres of solar panels that will provide approximately 40-50% of average annual energy consumption by the facility. The facility can now generate 0.85 million kWh every year, saving approximately $23,000 and reducing 700 tons of CO2 emissions annually. In addition to providing cost savings, solar energy not consumed in the plant will feed the country’s national electric grid to benefit other communities.
The project supports Ingersoll Rand’s 2030 and 2050 Environmental Goals and aligns with local community environmental efforts and China’s Blue Sky initiative, the country’s shift to prioritize greener manufacturing methods.
Ingersoll Rand’s internal conservation goals are tied to cost-saving through investment and footprint optimization. Investments in solar energy have proven to be impactful. In addition to the Changzhou facility, a new solar energy plant in Naroda, India is expected to reduce dependence on conventional energy by almost 40% with almost 1,800 solar panels totaling a capacity of 800 kWp. Three Italian operating sites have also gone solar, reducing annual energy consumption by 30%; energy gathered on non-operating days is also fed into the national grid for neighbouring communities.
With the purpose to make life better with sustainable solutions and innovative products that help customers with their own environmental goals, the company also targets to reduce the GHG emissions from customers by 15% by 2030.