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Decarbonizing Business: What’s Next

Climate change presents an opportunity for business to lead. 

The decarbonization of the global economy is not just a challenge; it's an opportunity for businesses to lead the way towards a greener, more sustainable future. While upfront investments are involved, payback periods are becoming shorter all the time. There are also substantial opportunities and ample funding available from initiatives like the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Technological advancements and business opportunities

The operational footprint of American corporations is vast, presenting numerous opportunities for upgrading buildings to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. Many decarbonization efforts offer rapid payback and are easily justifiable to stakeholders. However, some initiatives may require higher initial investments and a longer payback period. In such cases, internal carbon pricing and strategic alignment with enterprise risk management can help gain support from senior leadership.

As technology evolves and government support schemes incentivize innovation, opportunities in renewable energy, heat pumps, batteries, low-carbon refrigeration, and charging infrastructure abound. Companies like Trane Technologies are leading the charge with initiatives like the Gigaton Challenge, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from product use by 1 billion metric tons by 2030. Investing in low-carbon solutions not only aligns with consumer and investor demands but also drives innovation and creates new business avenues.

The urgency to address climate change grows with each passing day. Bold sustainability actions are needed from companies and industries alike. Trane Technologies' commitment to cut its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% below 2019 levels by 2030 reflects the imperative to act decisively.

Collaborative action for a sustainable future

The technologies required to make a significant impact on emissions already exist. With short payback periods and decreasing costs, there is no reason to delay decarbonization efforts. Decarbonizing businesses not only makes good financial sense but also aligns with environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

By working together, the business community can accelerate the adoption of clean technologies and promote the widespread adoption of energy-efficient solutions. Decarbonizing the built environment is not just a responsibility; it's an opportunity to create better outcomes for everyone.

By embracing sustainability and driving innovation, businesses can lead the transition to a low-carbon economy while creating a brighter future for generations to come.

To learn more, download our white paper, Decarbonizing America: How Business Can Lead Through Electrification, co-developed with Reuters Events.

Thought Leaders

Scott Tew

Vice President, Sustainability and Managing Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Trane Technologies

Carrie Ruddy

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications and Marketing Officer

Mairéad Magner

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Trane Technologies

Donny Simmons

Group President, Americas, Trane Technologies

Deidra Parrish Williams

Global Corporate Citizenship Leader, Trane Technologies

Jose La Loggia

Jose La Loggia, Group President, EMEA

Keith Sultana

Senior Vice President, Global Integrated Supply Chain, Trane Technologies

Paul Camuti

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, Trane Technologies

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Trane Technologies

Chris Kuehn

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Trane Technologies