New Cummins strategy to address climate change, conserve natural resources

Cummins announced today bold new environmental sustainability goals timed to 2030, and aspirations for 2050, to do the company’s part in addressing climate change and other global environmental challenges.

Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said the company’s new PLANET 2050 strategy includes science-based goals for products and facilities in 2030 aligned to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Science-based goals are designed to limit global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by the middle of the century. 

PLANET 2050’s longer term aspirations include powering customer success through carbon neutral technologies that address air quality, and designing out waste in products and processes. 

Linebarger said the PLANET 2050 strategy is both an environmental and a business imperative. He has long maintained companies that can grow while using fewer of the world’s resources will be the most successful in the future. 

“Our communities and our business depend on our collective response to improve the health of the planet while creating prosperity for all,” Linebarger said. “It’s clear that government, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and communities must unite behind swift, decisive action to address the environmental threats we face.” 

The new strategy builds on the success of goals announced in 2014 and timed to 2020  to reduce the company’s energy and water use as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) from its products. The company will continue to work on those targets through the end of next year. 

Meadow Lake Wind Farm in northwest Indina
Cummins' support for an expansion at the Meadow Lake Wind Farm in northwest Indiana is one of the creative ways the company has increased its use and promotion of renewable energy.

CHALLENGING GOALS

The company’s eight 2030 goals relate to its parts, products and company-managed facilities and operations. They are divided into two categories: Goals addressing climate change and air emissions, and goals for the use of natural resources in the most sustainable way. 

Company leaders say progress on the 2030 goals will be periodically evaluated and communicated, including consideration of whether more can or should be done in line with global energy and environmental challenges.

The 2030 goals are:

Climate change and air emissions 
•    Reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from facilities and operations by 50% (science-based target).
•    Reduce absolute lifetime GHG emissions from newly sold products by 25% (science-based target).
•    Partner with customers to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from products in the field by 55 million metric tons. 
•    Reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds from paint and coating operations by 50%.

Using natural resources in the most sustainable way
•    Create a circular life-cycle plan for every part to use less, use better, use again.
•    Generate 25% less waste in facilities and operations as a percent of revenue.
•    Reuse or responsibly recycle 100% of packaging plastics and eliminate single-use plastics in dining facilities, employee events and amenities.
•    Reduce absolute water consumption in facilities and operations by 30%.

Work on the solar array at the Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Plant
Crews earlier this month began work on a solar array at the second  building at the Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Plant in Beijing, China. The site is already home to the largest array within Cummins.

Company facilities include all consolidated operations and joint ventures that are part of the Cummins Enterprise Environmental Management System.

The company’s strategy also includes addressing environmental needs in the communities where Cummins employees live and work and where the company does business.

Those goals are under development.

Cummins leaders say the strategy’s goals and aspirations will not be easy to reach and require outside action to achieve. 

Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana.
About 23% of the Cummins Technical Center's energy needs are covered by power captured from the engine testing that takes place at the facility.

ASPIRATIONS FOR 2050

The strategy’s aspirations are a first for the company. The 2050 targets are organized around the same categories as the 2030 goals:

2050 – Climate change and air emissions  
•    Customer success is powered by carbon neutral technologies that address air quality.
•    Carbon neutrality and near zero pollution in Cummins’ facilities and operations.

2050 – Using natural resources in the most sustainable way
Nothing is wasted:
•    Design out waste in products and processes.
•    Use materials again for next life.
•    Reuse water and return clean to the community

2050 – Improving communities:
•    Net positive impact in every community where Cummins operates.
•    Near zero environmental footprint.

The company says it will continue to report its progress on the environment in Cummins’ annual Sustainability Progress Report.

“Our vision for 2050 is a world where Cummins powers the world’s really important work with carbon neutral products and operations,” said Brian Mormino, Executive Director Worldwide Environmental Strategy and Compliance. “Since our communities and business depend on a healthier planet, we will take strong action on climate change and work toward a future where we waste nothing and ensure that our communities are better because we are there.”

Editorial note: Cummins has created a special website for its PLANET 2050 strategy where you can get more information on goals and the company's development of the plan.

 

 

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Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

 

Clessie Cummins inducted into first ever class of American Trucking Hall of Fame

On Oct. 15, Clessie Lyle Cummins was honored at a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially announcing the opening of the American Trucking and Industry Leader (ATIL) Hall of Fame. “Father of the Highway Diesel Engine” Clessie Lyle Cummins, founder of the Cummins Engine Company and Jack and Gus Mack, founders of Mack Trucks were the first inductees into the newly established Hall of Fame Class.

The ceremony coincided with the American Truck Historical Society’s (ATHS) 50th Anniversary celebration at the ATHS home office in Kansas City, Missouri (U.S.) as well as a ribbon cutting for their new facility.

Honoring an industry pioneer

"No transport industry hall of fame could exist without paying homage to these elite inductees. The impact they have on the industry is ongoing and everlasting. The American Trucking and Industry Leader Hall of Fame honors the pioneers of the trucking industry, whether they are drivers, company owners, or innovators to the industry," said Tom Mullen, ATIL Hall of Fame Chair.

“The pioneers of our industry have made it what it is today – one of the most critical industries in the U.S. and making sure that we preserve this history is ever important– especially honoring a man whose name our company still bears 102 years later. Clessie was a true entrepreneur, incredible inventor and salesman who pioneered and improved the designs of diesel engines," said Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President and General Manager of North American On Highway Business, who represented the company at this historic event.

American Trucking and Industry Leader Hall of Fame
Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President and General Manager of North American On Highway Business, represented the company at this historic event

Legacy

"My grandfather saw a need for an engine, created a design, built it, tested it, revised it, 'perfected it' and parallel to all this, created a market by personally demonstrating its potential through fuel economy runs, speed records, and endurance events," remarked Matt Cummins, Clessie’s grandson.

Clessie Lyle Cummins co-founded the Cummins Engine Company in 1919. He was also an incredible inventor, entrepreneur and salesman who pioneered and improved the designs of diesel engines. He was awarded more than 33 United States patents for his inventions, and numerous world records for endurance and speed for trucks, buses and race cars.

Today, more than 100 years later, his legacy of innovation remains alive and well in Cummins’ diverse suite of power solutions that power a more prosperous world.

Learn more about Clessie and his Cummins legacy. 

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Cummins PowerCommand X-Series Transfer Switch

Transfer Switches are this year’s nomination for the 2021 CSE Product of the Year Award! 

With increased grid instability, and power outages due to natural disasters and inclement weather - the need for reliable power system equipment is crucial from small business and light commercial to mission-critical and life-saving applications. In response, Cummins Power Generation has designed a series of game-changing transfer switches: The PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches. 

With market-leading innovation, the PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches have been nominated for the prestigious Consulting Specifying Engineer (CSE) 2021 Product of the Year Award! 

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Pulling from over 80 years of experience in designing transfer switches and more than 100 years of providing power generation solutions globally - the revolutionary Cummins PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches are engineered to survive exceedingly high fault currents at levels that could potentially blow out or damage other transfer switches. Rated from 40A – 3000A, the X-Series Transfer Switches meet the highest UL-certified withstand and closing rate in the market, allowing for an enhanced performance that is achieved utilizing the patented blow-on technology only available from Cummins. The superior ratings provide the freedom to use any over-current protection device to protect the transfer switch: eliminating many challenges associated with selective coordination of the system. 

“We are thrilled the PowerCommand® X-Series has been nominated as a 2021 CSE Product of the Year finalist! Featuring advanced controls with modern communications and a best-in-class switching mechanism, the X-Series provides the highest withstand and closing rating on the market.  With such robust features and functionalities, this product has been designed and tested to be the strongest link between utility and standby power for the most critical of applications,” said Wissam Balshe, System and Controls Business Director of Cummins Power Generation, discussing the team’s response about their CSE 2021 Product of the Year Nomination

In addition, the X-Series features the fully integrated PowerCommand® 80 controller allowing for unrivaled adaptability, connectivity, and intelligence in a wide variety of applications.

The team behind the acclaimed PowerCommand® X-Series transfer switches listened to over 1,000 consulting engineers to design the most intelligent, durable and fastest transfer switches in the market. 

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