These new goals are part of a broader effort for Cummins to reduce its environmental footprint, the Columbus, Ind.-based company reported in a press release. Last year, Cummins announced its first comprehensive Global Environmental Sustainability Plan including goals for water, waste and energy use in Cummins facilities and operations.
The company said it is making a difference in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by partnering with customers to improve the fuel efficiency of its products in-use, the largest part of the company’s CO2 footprint. Cummins is now raising the bar by pledging by 2020 to reach an annual reduction of 3.5 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), which equates to 350 million gallons of fuel.
“With millions of engines and generators in service around the world, there’s no question in my mind that Cummins has the global reach to make a difference for the environment,” said Brian Mormino, executive director, Worldwide Environmental Strategy and Compliance.
By the end of 2020, Cummins expects to reach 20% of its customers, cumulatively saving them 1.6 billion gallons of fuel, $6 billion and more than 15 million metric tonnes of CO2. This equates to taking 3.2 million passenger vehicles off the road. In 2014 alone, the company’s fuel efficiency work reduced CO2 emissions from products in-use equal to the CO2 footprint of Cummins global facilities.
In addition to products in-use fuel efficiency, Cummins is also pledging to use the most efficient methods to move goods across the Cummins network to reduce CO2 per kilogram of goods moved by 10 percent by 2020.
The company’s 2014-2015 Sustainability Report, published today (May 12), offers more details on progress toward meeting our stated goals in water, waste and energy.