Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), will begin to offer North American customers new options for trailer and self-powered products with lower global warming potential (GWP). This action is pending approval by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.
These new trailer and self-powered truck products are safe, energy-efficient, reliable, and use a next-generation refrigerant that reduces GWP by around half compared with refrigerants currently used for these applications. Thermo King, in close partnership with refrigerant manufacturer Chemours, selected Opteon XP44 (R-452A) for this alternative offering of transport refrigeration products.
Thermo King will continue to offer its customers its current line of transport refrigeration products, and ensure that optimum levels of service are offered throughout the products’ lifecycle until customers are ready to transition.
“Our intent has always been to offer operators choice of how and when to lower their GHG footprint without compromising the product performance they expect from Thermo King,” said Ray Pittard, president of Thermo King. “We made this new line of trailer and self-powered truck units available to customers in Europe, Middle East, and Africa earlier this year and have sold more than 500 units in the first three months of the product’s release. We are delighted to offer North American customers the same choices.”
These Thermo King trailer and self-powered truck units are part of the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise portfolio of products designed to lower environmental impact with next-generation, low-GWP refrigerants and high-efficiency operation.
“Since its inception by Thermo King in 1938, the transport refrigeration industry has been using class A1 refrigerants that are safe, non-flammable, and have the lowest toxicity,” said Pittard. “R-452A when used in our products is the safest, most environmentally responsible, and technically and commercially viable solution for R-404A applications ranging from transport refrigeration to mobile air-conditioning. Plus, it has around half the GWP of refrigerants currently used today.”
On September 22, 2014, Ingersoll Rand made an environmental commitment to its employees, customers, and shareholders—a roadmap to significantly increase energy efficiency and reduce climate impact from its operations and product portfolio by 2030 (with milestones at 2020).
The commitment includes reducing GHG emissions related to its operations by about 35% by 2020; reducing GHG emissions related to its products by 50% by 2020; and investing $500 million in product-related research and development over the next five years to fund long-term reduction of GHG emissions. This commitment is estimated to result in the avoidance of approximately 20,850,000 metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) globally by 2020, which equates to the energy used by nearly 2 million homes for one year.
See www.ingersollrand.com or www.thermoking.com for further information.