Cummins joins The Valuable 500 to promote disability inclusion

Cummins has long believed diversity is core to business success.
Cummins has long believed diversity is core to business success.

Cummins is taking its diversity and inclusion agenda to the next level by joining The Valuable 500 alongside some of the world’s most influential businesses.

Launched by social entrepreneur and activist Caroline Casey, The Valuable 500 aims to put disability on the global business leadership agenda.

Business leaders around the world are making firm and tangible commitments to eradicating disability exclusion in business. Members span 24 countries, reaching more than 9.3 million employees.

“We are excited to showcase our commitment to disability inclusion by joining The Valuable 500,” said Dennis Heathfield, Cummins’ Executive Director - Inclusion, People with Disabilities and Veterans. “This is one of many steps we are taking to create more inclusive workplaces and communities for people with disabilities. Being part of The Valuable 500 provides a unique platform for Cummins to learn from and contribute to a global collaboration that knits together other multi-nationals with an aligned mission to make the world a more inclusive place for people with disabilities.”

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The Valuable 500 campaign is supported by business leaders across the globe.

Unveiled at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in January 2019, The Valuable 500 campaign was the first time disability was discussed on the main stage of the meeting with the support of global business leaders.

The campaign is supported by several global business leaders and partners, including Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and Chairman of The Valuable 500; Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson; Virgin Media Chief Operating Officer Jeff Dodds; Bloomberg Chairman Peter Grauer; EY Global Chairman & CEO Carmine di Sibio, and strategic partners Omnicom and Virgin Media.

“We need 500 national and multinational, private sector corporations to be the tipping-point for change and to unlock the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world,” The Valuable 500 states on its website. “Because the potential of 1.3 billion should not be ignored.”

In addition to Cummins, other companies joining the initiative include Procter & Gamble, IBM, BAE, Total, Herbert Smith, Specsavers, Eli Lilly and Company, Deutsche Bank UK, ARP, Adobe, PVH, Hilton, and Perrigo. 
 

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As a senior communications specialist with Cummins Inc., Lauren O’Dell Sidler works with Cummins leaders to develop and implement communications strategies that reach Cummins’ global audience. 

Cummins CEO promotes ESG progress at Annual Meeting

An employee works at the Cummins Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technology campus in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada).
An employee works at the Cummins Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technology campus in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada).

Despite the pandemic, Cummins was able to make significant progress on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities in 2020, Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger told shareholders and guests at the company’s Annual Meeting Tuesday.

The Cummins leader said the progress will be critical to achieve the goals and aspirations included in the company's PLANET 2050 environmental sustainability strategy.

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger speaks at the Annual meeting in 2019, the last in-person meeting before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger speaks at the Annual Meeting in 2019, the last in-person Annual Meeting before the pandemic.

“We continued investment in our most important technology programs, which are critical to reaching our sustainability pledge of carbon neutrality by 2050,” Linebarger said at the meeting, which was conducted virtually because of the ongoing threat from COVID-19. “We are investing in a range of solutions to lead the industry on the path to a zero-emissions future, and we are taking steps today to turn our 2050 targets into real-world products and applications.”

ESG IN ACTION

Linebarger highlighted five areas in particular when discussing the company’s progress on ESG:

  • Delivering a 20-megawatt PEM electrolyzer system to generate green hydrogen in Bécancour, Quebec (Canada), making it the largest in operation in the world.
  • Providing fuel cell modules to ASKO, Norway’s largest grocery wholesaler, that were integrated into four Scania trucks, and fuel cells for FAUN, a leader in waste collection vehicles and sweepers in Europe for that company’s electric refuse truck program.
  • Cummins’ emergence as the largest supplier of fuel cells for the rail industry, including the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train. Linebarger said the company is using its experience in rail for other heavy-duty transportation applications. 
  • In the battery-electric market, the delivery of 147 powertrains to Blue Bird in 2020 for use in the school bus market and 19 powertrains to Gillig for use in the transit bus market.
  • The formation of a joint venture with NPROXX to provide customers with high-pressure tank and storage solutions in hydrogen and natural gas markets.

“We continue investment in key technologies for the future,” Linebarger said. “We are targeting markets where commercial opportunities exist today or will emerge in the near- or medium-term.”

But the Cummins’ leader was careful to say Cummins cannot reach carbon neutrality by itself.

“We are advocating for public policies that enable the energy transition while reducing emissions,” Linebarger said. “This includes innovating and scaling low-carbon fuels, modernizing the grid and developing the hydrogen economy.”

Cummins remains committed to offering customers the power of choice, including advanced diesel and near-zero natural gas platforms. The company believes these technologies can reduce greenhouse gases immediately and serve as an important bridge to a carbon-neutral future as the infrastructure develops for low- and no-carbon platforms.

LEADING ON RACIAL EQUITY

Linebarger also highlighted Cummins’ 2020 work to address systemic racism in the United States. The company launched Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity, or CARE, to drive racial equity in Cummins communities and at the company, too.

CARE has four key focus areas: police reform; criminal justice reform; economic empowerment; and social justice reform in healthcare, housing, workforce development and civil rights, including voting rights and education.

“Institutional racism is a disease,” Linebarger said. “It is deeply rooted and longstanding, and it makes our society weaker. It will take decisive and sustained action to dismantle racism and Cummins will be part of that action.” 

The Cummins CEO noted that company Tuesday took another step toward racial equity with the election of a third Black woman, Carla Harris, to the now 13-member Board of Directors and a fifth ethnically diverse member. Harris is Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley.

PURSUING A HEALTHIER PLANET

Linebarger said these and other steps forward in ESG excellence were only possible thanks to the outstanding work of employees during the pandemic. While the virus took a heavy toll on the company, a collaborative effort from the manufacturing floor to the company’s Board of Directors enabled Cummins to implement numerous steps to safely reopen.

The company also partnered with 3M and DuPont to help produce personal protective equipment for medical personnel around the world, shared what it learned from the pandemic to help other companies reopen through Cummins’ Safe Work Playbook, and approved a record $22 million in community grants including $2.6 million in emergency grants to partners providing pandemic-related services.

It’s all about Cummins living its mission, vision and values, Linebarger said.

“No matter the application, we will provide customers an economically viable solution so businesses can thrive, and we can sustain a vibrant economy while preserving the planet for generations to come,” he said. “Our communities and businesses depend on a healthier planet and this work is our mission in action.”
 

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

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]

 

Cummins joins group advocating for climate action

An employee works at the Cummins Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technology campus in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada), a center for the company’s fuel cell and hydrogen production, research and development initiatives.
An employee works at the Cummins Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technology campus in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada), a center for the company’s fuel cell and hydrogen production, research and development initiatives.

Cummins is celebrating Earth Week by joining the CEO Climate Dialogue, a group of 22 companies and four leading environmental groups committed to advocating for climate action in the U.S. Congress.

The group is calling for aggressive steps to address the country’s climate-related challenges, including an economy-wide price on carbon to use the power of the market to help achieve the country’s carbon reduction goals in a “simple, coherent and efficient manner.”

“Climate action is consistent with Cummins’ mission of making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world,” said Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. “We support strong, market-based goals toward a carbon-neutral future and the CEO Climate Dialogue’s principle that a price on carbon is the best way to use the power of the market to achieve those goals.”

THE NEED TO ACT NOW

The announcement comes just a few days before President Biden’s virtual climate summit with global leaders on Earth Day (Thursday). Biden is expected to announce more ambitious carbon reduction targets and invite participating countries to join the U.S. in acting on climate-related issues.

The CEO Climate Dialogue is made up of a range of corporations including BP, Citi, Dow, DuPont, the Ford Motor Company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Shell, Unilever, and others. But what makes the group truly special is the membership of leading environmental groups, including the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy, and the World Resources Institute.

“It is urgent that the President and Congress put in place a long-term federal policy as soon as possible to protect against the worst impacts of climate change,” the group says. “Acting sooner rather than later allows us to meet the climate challenge at the least possible cost and put the necessary investments in place in time to meet our emissions targets.”

In late 2019, Cummins released PLANET 2050, the company’s environmental strategy for acting on climate change and other environmental concerns. The plan includes specific, ambitious, and measurable goals timed to 2030 aligned with the Paris Agreement to address climate change, and the aspiration to be carbon neutral as a company by 2050.

CUMMINS LEADERSHIP ROLE

Cummins has quickly emerged as a leader in battery-electric and fuel cell electric technology as well as technology to increase the supply of renewable hydrogen. The company is also working to improve its more traditional product lines, including its diesel and natural gas engines. The company has long supported tough environmental standards, using its technological expertise to grow Cummins’ business, create jobs and improve communities.

Company leaders have consistently said addressing the climate will require multiple technologies that must meet customer needs for dependable, durable and affordable power solutions.

“Sustaining a vibrant economy while using fewer of the earth’s resources is the challenge of our time,” Linebarger said. “Cummins is committed to meeting that challenge.”

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

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]

 

Cummins celebrates global remanufacturing operations

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April 8 is Global Remanufacturing Day, a day to celebrate the people who make our remanufacturing efforts possible at Cummins.

Cummins’ focus on global remanufacturing stands as one of the company’s true differentiators and key sustainability practices worldwide. With over 50 years of remanufacturing experience, Cummins is a world-class leader in this space – and proud of this distinction. 

Every day, we give new life to Cummins products and keep them running for our customers. It’s just one of the many ways we drive dependability at Cummins,” said Rob Enright, Cummins General Manager, New and ReCon® Parts

Cummins’ New and ReCon® Parts (NRP) organization specializes in remanufacturing previously sold, used and worn parts and engines, and has been perfecting the remanufacturing process for decades. NRP has also implemented new tools and processes to aid reman, including additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing), collaborative robots (also known as “cobots,” which are robots intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace), laser cleaning, and more. These innovations serve an opportunity to maximize remanufacturing efficiency while also creating a safer workplace for our employees. 

Cummins commitment to sustainability

New Cummins engines are also built with remanufacturing in mind, enabling them to have a long and increasingly fuel-efficient life. Up to 85 percent of an engine can be remanufactured, and Cummins engines are built to be remanufactured multiple times. Remanufacturing also requires far less energy and natural resources to extend life than to build new products. Additionally, remanufacturing helps Cummins deliver on its sustainability promises in the following ways: 

  • 85 percent less energy is required to produce a remanufactured engine 
  • 400 million pounds of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) are avoided 
  • 70 million pounds of material is reclaimed 
  • 67 percent of parts sales of common assemblies, such as turbos, fuel systems, pumps, etc. are remanufactured 

Remanufacturing also plays a key role in meeting Cummins’ Planet 2050 sustainability strategy. While this strategy aims to meet targets by 2050, it also includes incremental 2030 goals. One of the 2030 goals is to create a circular lifecycle plan for every part to use less, use better, and use again. The lifecycle plan for parts considers the reduction of remanufacturing waste, designing high value components to have sufficient life for multiple use cycles, and planning for material recycling – all of which are top initiatives within global remanufacturing. 

Cummins is proud to be a member of Reman Day's sponsoring organization, the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC). The RIC is a strategic alliance of businesses and academic institutions that works across industry sectors to support the entire remanufacturing industry through a combination of collaboration, education, advocacy and research. 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions of engines in the oil and gas sector for improved sustainability

The oil and gas sector’s environmental footprint differs between its upstream, midstream and downstream activities. For midstream, refineries collectively represent the majority of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted in this stage of the processing. On the other hand, many different activities contribute to the sector’s GHG emissions produced during upstream processing. These activities range from onshore production and gathering, to natural gas processing. In fact, a collection of these upstream activities makes up over 10% of GHG emissions of the industrial sector in the U.S.1

Oil & gas sector's emission of greenhouse gases spread across several activities

For the rest of this article, we will focus on upstream oil and gas activities, ways to reduce greenhouse gases emitted from engines, and power systems used across upstream activities. From drilling contractors to oilfield services companies, GHG reduction is getting more traction, driven by a combination of regulatory and societal factors. 

Before we get into more details, consider taking a look at our article summarizing a few of the popular terminology around emissions, including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide (NOx), carbon zero and carbon neutral

A good starting point in reducing emission contaminants within upstream oil and gas activities is diesel engines. There are many emission regulations focused on reducing diesel engines’ environmental footprint; you can read more about these regulations in our previous article. Let’s start with diesel engines and reducing emissions.

Diesel engines’ emissions are significantly reduced with Tier 4, and equivalent emission regulations

In recent decades, the diesel engines’ emission  contaminants have been significantly reduced through various regulations. For instance, Tier 4 high-horsepower diesel engines used within oil and gas applications emit 80% less particulate matter, and 45% less NOx compared to their Tier 2 counterparts. These reductions also translate into financial gains; check how operators saved over $30 million in fuel, and avoided enough pollutants to fill a 15-mile long train through these Tier 4 solutions.

Most recently, two technologies have been adopted by the industry to achieve these ultra-low emissions with diesel engines: selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). While there are many technical differences between the two technologies, there is one key distinction between them: SCR is considered a post-combustion solution, while EGR is considered an in-cylinder solution to reduce the amount of contaminants released into the atmosphere. 

Engines with SCR technology often consume less fuel than engines with EGR technology, delivering fuel savings for their owners

Engine manufacturers could reduce combustion temperature to lower the emission of certain contaminants, but reduction of engine temperature often increases fuel consumption. SCR technology reduces NOx emissions external to the engine, without the need for reducing combustion temperature. With the higher combustion temperature allowed by SCR technology comes lower fuel consumption for operators. 

Implementation of SCR technology introduced minimal changes in engine design, helping you leverage the proven technologies you already rely on

Engineers had to introduce minimal architectural changes in existing engines to accommodate the SCR technology, since it is external to the engine. This means the reliability of existing engines proven through millions of hours of operation remain available to you. Plus, since this is a technology external to the combustion chamber, you can upgrade your older engines to meet the newer emission standards often required by exploration and oilfield service companies to contract on different sites.

Newer engines with SCR technology and their older versions have many common parts, making it more efficient and cost effective to maintain

Limited architectural changes from previous engines to the most recent engine platforms mean a higher degree of commonality when it comes to parts. Moreover, technicians who work with these ultra-low emission engines in oil fields can carry forward their familiarization with previous generations of engines.

Beyond diesel, emission reduction is also achieved through gaseous and renewable fuels 

Emission regulations and associated technologies covered above have greatly reduced the emission of contaminants from diesel engines. Meanwhile, there is another path ahead in reducing emissions in a drilling or well site: use of fuels beyond diesel. 

Natural gas offers lower CO2 emissions per unit of energy output among fossil fuels

Gaseous fuels, including natural gas, often reduce the emission of GHGs compared to diesel. For example, natural gas has one of the lowest CO2-to-energy content across all fossil fuels2. Moreover, natural gas engines often have much less Sulfur and NOx emissions than comparable diesel engines. On sites where there is an unlimited supply of natural gas, this also could translate into financial savings in the form of operational expenses (OPEX). 

Renewable fuels, including solar and wind, are the final destination and getting increasing attention within the oil and gas sector. For instance, ExxonMobil and Ørsted have entered into an agreement in 2018 for Exxon to source over 300MW of renewable power from over 100 wind turbines for its operations within the Permian Basin3. These renewable fuels offer carbon zero power for drilling and well sites.

Diversification will be the key word in the next couple of decades when it comes to energy and power solutions within upstream oil and gas operations. It is forecasted that a diverse set of fuels and technologies ranging from diesel and hydrogen, to renewables will co-exist to deliver the reduced environmental footprint in a manner that is financially manageable by oil and gas sector players. 

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References: 
1 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (n.d.). GHGRP Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems Sector Industrial Profile [PDF file]. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/
2 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (n.d.). How much carbon dioxide is produced when different fuels are burned? [Web page]. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/
3 Orsted (n.d.). Our onshore wind farms in the U.S. [Web page]. Retrieved from https://us.orsted.com/
 

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Aytek Yuksel is the Content Marketing Leader for Cummins Inc., with a focus on Power Systems markets. Aytek joined the Company in 2008. Since then, he has worked in several marketing roles and now brings you the learnings from our key markets ranging from industrial to residential markets. Aytek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two kids.

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