Trane Technologies, an HVAC and climate management solutions provider, has announced arrangements to purchase low-carbon steel from Nucor and U.S. Steel. The agreements will cover twenty percent of Trane's yearly steel acquisitions.
According to the corporation, the steel will be utilized in U.S. manufacturing to construct high-efficiency heat pumps and air conditioners for residential buildings, as well as thermal management systems for commercial structures.
The steelmaking industry is one of the largest emitters of CO2 in the world, with total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) accounting for 7% to 9% of direct emissions from fossil fuels worldwide.
According to Trane, the low-carbon steel generated from the new purchase agreements will be roughly 80% less carbon intensive than typical blast furnace steel, resulting in a reduction of nearly 16,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions yearly and 120,000 metric tonnes by 2030.
Trane's climate goals include a target to reduce Scope 3 emissions, or value chain emissions outside of its direct control, by 55% by 2030, as well as plans to achieve a 97% reduction in emissions per cooling tonne from the use of the company's products and a 90% reduction in GHG emissions across the company's global operations by 2050. Scope 3 emissions, which include product consumption and supply chain, account for the significant majority of the business's carbon footprint.
The company is also a member of the SteelZero program, whose signatories commit to sourcing 50% of their steel needs from net-zero steel by 2030, and 100% by 2050.
Trane Technologies' chair and CEO, Dave Regnery, stated:
"Sustainability is at the heart of our business model, and we're thrilled to take another step toward net-zero HVAC systems. As we continue to decarbonize our entire value chain – from the raw materials we use to our own operations to the global lifecycle impact of our products and services – our relationships with Nucor Corporation and U.S. Steel will make our products even more environmentally friendly.