Exclusive: Reducing greenhouse warming starts with you at home
Trane offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with strong positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets.
Having Economic, environmental, and social sustainability at the core of Trane’s goals and objectives. AMEinfo conducted an exclusive interview with Johan Samuelsson, Trane Vice President and General Manager.
AMEinfo: 1- What is Trane’s strategy for the region?
In line with the UAE national directives, mainly Vision 2021, Expo 2020 and Environmental Vision 2030, Ingersoll Rand and its family of brands, including Trane, made a ‘Climate Commitment’ to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its products and operations by 2030.
The Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment pledges to cut the GHG refrigerant footprint of its products by 50% by 2020 and incorporate lower-GWP alternatives across its portfolio by 2030; invest $500 million in product-related research and development by 2020 to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions; and reduce company operations-related GHG emissions by 35% by 2020.
To date the company’s Climate Commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 6.7 million metric tons of CO2e globally, which is the equivalent of avoiding annual CO2 emissions from energy used in more than 700,000 homes.
By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons.
AMEinfo: 2- What are the top energy efficiency concerns for households/businesses?
According to the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), the GCC is in the middle of an extraordinary surge in energy consumption, rising on average some 5% a year. One third of the energy use in buildings comes from HVAC systems. The remainder comes from lighting and other systems that can be connected in order to address and reduce energy demand.
This is why there is a direct link between saving energy from HVAC and other building systems. When building owners use less power, they reduce the amount of toxic fumes released by power plants including the amount of CO2 that goes into the atmosphere – thus creating greenhouse gas emissions.
When building owners save energy, those energy savings can be directly calculated to saving greenhouse gas emissions – and help the UAE achieve its sustainability goals.
With increased focus on new technology, businesses are looking at a new age of energy efficient and environmentally responsible systems.
For example, we now have internet-connected cooling systems which are continuously gathering data and providing real-time feedback.
The collection of accurate data also prevents devastating breakdowns from happening because it continuously monitors all parameters and enables a quick response time.
Having a connected system allows users to access gathered data anywhere and at any time.
AMEinfo: 3- What innovative energy solutions does Trane bring to the market?
We start with understanding building owners’ needs – what they use the building for and the patterns of energy use in the building. From there, we assess opportunities to make the existing building more efficient and designing optimal systems for new buildings– whether it is lighting, HVAC, buildings controls or other systems – and helping building owners make decisions on how to prioritize based upon cost and return on the investment.
More than 50 per cent of the Trane portfolio has earned the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise™ endorsement. Trane products within the EcoWise portfolio are available with next-generation and lower-GWP refrigerants, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain safety and energy efficiency through innovative design.
Trane chillers included in the EcoWise portfolio are CenTraVac™ centrifugal chillers, the Trane Series R™ RTWD water-cooled chiller, Trane Sintesis™ air-cooled chillers, and Trane Series E™ CenTraVac centrifugal water-cooled chillers for Europe and the Middle East.