Thermo King offers option to lower GHG impact

Thermo King, a global manufacturer of transport temperature-control solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will offer an option for its truck and trailer products that will help lower the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint for North American customers.

This solution is now an option due to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) approval of the refrigerant, R-452A which has a nearly 50% lower global warming potential (GWP) than refrigerants currently used for transport applications.

All of Thermo King’s truck and trailer products using R-452A are a part of Ingersoll Rand’s EcoWise portfolio of products, designed to lower environmental impact with low-GWP refrigerants and high-efficiency operation.

“Our customers demand maximum reliability, uptime and total cost of ownership, and I’m confident that our products using this next generation of refrigerant will continue to deliver on our brand promise,” said Ray Pittard, president of Thermo King. “Our European truck and trailer products have been using R-452A since 2015, and we’ve seen its benefits from precise temperature control and efficiency to preserving the overall residual value for customers.

“Offering our customers a choice of sustainable products and innovations is critical especially as environmental regulations increase globally,” he said. “I’m proud of our company’s commitment to sustainability, and I’m proud of Thermo King’s continued leadership position in delivering the best in overall transport refrigeration solutions.”

Thermo King will continue to offer its transport customers its current line of transport refrigeration products, and ensure that optimum levels of service are offered throughout the products’ lifecycle.

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 globally by 2020, which is equivalent to the energy used by nearly 2 million homes for one year.

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