Cummins pushes forward to meet 2020 environmental goals

The new water hub coming on line in 2020 at the Cummins engine plant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, will enable the plant to significantly increase the amount of water it reuses.
The new water hub coming on line in 2020 at the Cummins engine plant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, will enable the plant to significantly increase the amount of water it reuses.

Six years after announcing its first global environmental sustainability plan, Cummins achieved three of seven 2020 goals a year early and was very close to a fourth.

Meanwhile, the company significantly offset the electricity it uses with renewable energy – part of the energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) goal it narrowly missed achieving in 2019.

But it’s unclear how many of the 2020 goals the company will actually achieve when the books are closed on the year in early 2021. Some of the goals are adjusted for hours worked, which declined significantly in 2020 due to company-announced actions in response to COVID-19. 

The global pandemic forced shut-downs at many Cummins locations to fight the spread of the virus. When facilities reopened, operations changed significantly to keep employees safe. Hours spent on extensive cleaning and disposal of personal protective equipment could offset any environmental savings from the shut-downs. 

Cover of the 2019 Sustainability Progress Report
The 2019 Sustainability Progress Report is available on the company's sustainability web page along with a copy of Cummins' new Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Report index,


Cummins in 2019 continued to exceed the carbon dioxide (CO2) savings it expected to achieve by 2020 through partnering with customers on fuel economy projects, avoiding 17 million metric tons of CO2 through the end of 2019.

The company also surpassed its 2020 water reduction target in 2019, a goal that was increased just a few years after Cummins’ global environmental sustainability plan was announced in 2014. The target was raised after the company surpassed its original goal.

Cummins also reached its goal of establishing 15 water neutral sites in 2019 as company plants worked with local communities to offset their water use by establishing new water sources or developing community-based water conservation efforts.

The 2019 year-end energy intensity performance was just one percentage point shy of the company’s 32% goal. Cummins, however, made a significant step forward in its goal to use and promote renewable sources of energy. A northwest Indiana (U.S.) wind farm expansion the company is supporting through a virtual power purchase agreement completed its first full year of operation in 2019.

While the power generated by the expansion doesn’t go directly to Cummins, the company’s share of the expansion is now producing nearly as much electricity as Cummins uses at its facilities in its headquarters state of Indiana.

The company also exceeded its goal to certify 40 of Cummins’ highest energy use facilities to the ISO 50001 Standard, which makes efficiency part of the company’s everyday operations.


But Cummins saw only a modest increase to 91% toward its recycling goal of 95% as waste reduction efforts also reduced the volume of some relatively easy to recycle items.

The number of sites certified as Zero Disposal increased from 15 in 2018 to 23 in 2019 as the company made solid progress toward its goal of 30 sites by the end of 2020.

Cummins also saw progress in its logistics goal to reduce CO2 per kilogram of goods shipped, reaching 7% compared to its goal of 10%. 


No matter what happens in 2020, the company will continue to be goal driven when it comes to its environmental performance in 2021 and beyond. That’s because in 2019 Cummins adopted a new environmental strategy called PLANET 2050. It includes goals for 2030 and aspirations extending to 2050.

“Since our communities and businesses depend on a healthier planet, we will take strong action on climate change and work toward a future where we waste nothing,” said Brian Mormino, Executive Director of Technical & Environmental Systems at Cummins.

To learn more, check out the report on the company’s environmental performance starting on page 20 of the 2019 Sustainability Progress Report.

2019 Environmental Summary Graphic
This graphic summarizes Cummins' progress on its environmental goals in 2019..


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 Marine powers hybrid sailing superyacht for reduced emissions

Photo courtesy of Southern Wind Shipyard

When you think of a machine powered by Cummins, our engines working hand-in-hand with wind power to move a vessel is likely not the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, the Cummins Marine 4.5 engine is on course to set sail next summer powering the sailing superyacht. 

The vessel is currently under construction in Cape Town, South Africa, and will be ready to house our smallest marine engine offering in early 2022. The high-performance superyacht, constructed by Southern Wind, will be hybrid powered to reduce the emissions and fuel consumption of a classic diesel engine. This ensures an efficient, clean sailing experience regardless of whether the vessel is under sail or motoring. 

Chosen for its compact size and efficiency, the 150hp B4.5 propulsion engine will be combined with BAE Systems’ Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) to provide electric power to both the energy storage system and the vessel auxiliary load. BAE Systems is a progressive technology company working in multiple industrial spaces whose maritime subsidiary has a strong relationship with Cummins, having previously partnered on the Harbor Harvest project. Using BAE’s HybriGen Power and Propulsion technology, the sailboat will, in total, be fitted with an electric motor, two variable speed generators, a lithium-ion energy storage system and a vessel auxiliary power with shore power charging.

Compliant with IMO III standards, the sailing superyacht is a versatile, power dense vessel with deck hardware optimized for both quiet performance cruising and intense offshore racing. The vessel will also be able to operate in Hydrogeneration mode while under sail. In this mode, the propeller and propulsion motor will act as a generator allowing for recharging of the lithium-ion storage cells for a longer zero-emissions experience.

Following its recent launch, the new B4.5 liter engine package is ideal for sailors who prefer a calm, quiet ride thanks to the minimal noise produced by Cummins’ solution. The sailing superyacht is a perfect vessel to house our smallest (but mightiest) solution in the Cummins Marine lineup.

Find out more about the B4.5

Nicki Storey

Nicki Storey

Nicki Storey is a Marketing Communications Placement Student at Cummins. She joined the Marine, Oil & Gas team in July 2021, and is currently studying for a degree in PR & Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University. As a theatre fan, when away from the office you can find her in London watching a West End show.

Cummins backs its advocacy on climate with a record of action

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).

Cummins Inc. has taken another step forward in its efforts to advocate for climate action.

The company has been accepted into two influential groups promoting climate action ahead of the global COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland (U.K.) starting Oct. 31. The Business Ambition for 1.5°C encourages companies to set robust emission reduction goals for greenhouse gases (GHGs) using science-based targets aligned to the 2015 Paris Climate Accords.

As a member of that group, the company has automatically been accepted into the United Nations’ Race to Zero, a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, investors, cities and regions for climate action.

It’s a natural alliance. Cummins worked with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in developing the company’s PLANET 2050 environmental strategy released in 2019. The strategy includes 2030 goals aligned to targets established in the Paris Climate Accords, and the aspiration to reach net zero emissions by 2050. 

The company also advocates for climate action through its participation with a number of groups, including the CEO Climate Dialogue, the Business Roundtable, the International Council on Clean Transportation and the global Hydrogen Council. Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger serves as Co-Chair of the Hydrogen Council. 

Linebarger says the world’s climate challenges threaten Cummins’ mission of making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world. 

“Climate change is the existential crisis of our time and the biggest threat to our mission as an organization,” Linebarger said. “So, we want to dedicate our innovation, our talent, our resources, and our investments to reduce our impact on the climate. Of course, we have a lot of other challenges to address at the same time to fulfill the needs of our stakeholders, but if we don’t address climate change, there will be nothing else to do.” 


Cummins combines its advocacy with a long record of working to reduce the environmental impact of the company’s core products such as diesel and natural gas engines. Since the 1990s, for example, the emission of two key contributors to smog from diesel engines, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, have been reduced by more than 95%. Facility goals between 2014 and 2020, meanwhile, produced GHG savings at Cummins equivalent to removing more than 100,000 cars from the road for a year.

The company has also been a leader in bringing to market low- and no-carbon power technologies such as battery and fuel cell electric. Those technologies are powering a growing number of vehicles such as school buses as well as the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train. Cummins is also a leading manufacturer of electrolyzers to produce green hydrogen, a promising fuel for decarbonization. The company is now partnering on projects involving that technology with Spain-based Iberdrola, a global leader in no- and low-carbon energy production.   

Looking ahead, Cummins’ PLANET 2050 strategy includes two approved science-based targets timed to 2030. One is to reduce absolute GHG emissions from Cummins’ facilities and operations (scopes 1 and 2) by 50%, which is consistent with keeping global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The other is an absolute lifetime reduction in the company’s scope 3 GHG emissions from newly sold products by 25%. Scope 3 emissions include emissions from a product in use by a customer.


Acceptance into Business Ambition for 1.5°C extends the company’s reach on the advocacy front. Since launching two years ago more than 650 companies from around the world have joined the campaign with a combined market capitalization of $13 trillion. Other members include Apple, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and Volvo.

The Race to Zero campaign has built a coalition of more than 3,000 businesses, more than 700 cities, more than 600 institutions of higher education and more than 150 investors supporting net-zero initiatives around the world. 

Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Managing Director of the Science Based Targets initiative, one of the partners in Business Ambition for 1.5°C, said it is critical to take action now.

“There is no time to lose,” Pineda said. “The transformation to a net-zero economy is unavoidable. …To stand a fighting chance of maintaining a habitable planet, we urgently need more companies to act on climate science and to decarbonize our economy.”

To learn more about Cummins' sustainability efforts, check out the company's Sustainability and ESG web pages.

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]


Компания Cummins связывает свои перспективы с солнечными батареями

solar array Nov 2019

Компания Cummins делает значительные капиталовложения в солнечную энергетику; к концу 2020 года планируется завершить реализацию 35 проектов по установке солнечных батарей.


И это только начало! Как ожидается, в сумме проекты, реализованные к концу 2020 года, обеспечат компанию около 3,5% энергии. С помощью солнечных батарей Cummins рассчитывает получать электроэнергию в количестве 10% своих потребностей.

«Мы придаем большое значение применению солнечных батарей, но, полагаясь только на них, нам не удастся достичь своих целей по снижению уровня выбросов», – говорит Марк Дэннин, директор по вопросам энергетики и окружающей среды компании Cummins. – «Поэтому нам также необходимо реализовывать проекты за пределами компании такие, как, например, поддержка ветровой электростанции Meadow Lake Wind Farm на северо-западе штата Индиана».

Максимальная мощность ветровых электростанций, развернутых Cummins Inc., составляет около 75 МВт, что соответствует примерно 28% общих потребностей компании в электроэнергии. При этом вырабатываемая электроэнергия не поставляется непосредственно на объекты компании Cummins; в рамках программы возобновляемых источников энергии она поступает в электросеть общего пользования.

Инициативы в области солнечной и ветровой энергетики соответствуют планам компании Cummins по увеличению доли и продвижению возобновляемых источников энергии. Компания желает внести свой вклад в решение глобальной экологической проблемы изменения климата.


В настоящее время солнечные батареи установлены на 12 объектах компании, расположенных по всему миру – от Австралии до Северной Америки. Еще на 16 объектах (12 из которых – в Индии) ведутся работы по их установке. Установка солнечных батарей также планируется на девяти объектах, в том числе в Нигерии, Румынии и Австралии.

Крупнейший блок солнечных батарей находится на крыше здания одного из наиболее загруженных заводов компании Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company (BFCEC) в Пекине (КНР). По словам директора завода Мигеля Киндлера, блок солнечных батарей, расположенный на крыше завода, был установлен в 2016 году и занимает около 650 000 квадратных футов, или примерно 2/3 площади крыши. Он вырабатывает около 15% электричества, потребляемого электрооборудованием здания.

Недавно начались работы по установке еще одного блока солнечных батарей на крыше второго здания завода. Хотя новый блок и меньше, благодаря применению современных технологий он будет вырабатывать столько же электроэнергии, сколько и более крупный блок, что, по самым скромным оценкам, будет покрывать 15 – 20% потребностей завода в электроэнергии.

«Если речь идет о 15 – 20% энергопотребления объекта, то это довольно внушительная цифра», – говорит Киндлер.

Однако установка солнечных батарей целесообразна не на каждом объекте Cummins. Решения компании по этому вопросу зависят от целого ряда соображений, в том числе от экономических и природных факторов, например количества солнечных дней в году. Поэтому Марк Дэннин и его сотрудники также рассматривают варианты установки солнечных батарей за пределами объектов Cummins Inc.


Планы компании на 2020 год опубликованы в стратегии «ПЛАНЕТА-2050» и предусматривают «увеличение доли электроэнергии, получаемой Cummins Inc. из возобновляемых источников» не только в 2020 году, но и в 2030 и 2050 годы.  

В том числе планы на 2030 год, содержащиеся в стратегии, предусматривают снижение уровня выбросов парниковых газов от производственных объектов на 50%. Более широкое применение возобновляемых источников энергии в значительной мере способствует достижению этой цели.


Планы компании на 2050 год, в числе прочего, предусматривают общее положительное воздействие на окружающую среду везде, где работает компания, а также практически нулевое локальное воздействие на окружающую среду, чему также будет способствовать применение и продвижение возобновляемых источников энергии.

«Очевидно, на пути достижения своих целей и намерений возобновляемые источники энергии будут играть важную роль для Cummins», – говорит Марк Дэннин. – Я считаю, что это неплохое начало, но еще многое предстоит сделать».

Redirecting to

The information you are looking for is on

We are launching that site for you now.

Thank you.