Sullair aims to be carbon neutral by 2030
By Lewis Tyler27 April 2022
Compressor specialist Sullair has released details of a long-term climate action strategy and goal designed to see it become carbon neutral by 2023.
The company, a subsidiary of Hitachi Group, said it will carry out several capital expenditure projects that will lower CO2. It will also transition to 100% renewable electricity by implementing a carbon offset program.
“Sustainability is both at the core of our strategy and a driver of our business,” said John Randall, president and CEO of Sullair.
“Customers and businesses are increasingly making a conscious effort to buy products and services that help promote sustainability, assist the environment, and reduce the impact of climate change.
“By establishing this long-term climate roadmap and taking immediate action, we aim to fully play our part in the fight against climate change.”
The company’s long-term climate action strategy includes three focus areas:
1. Undertaking capital expenditure projects over the next 12 months to facilitate CO2 reduction including:
- Upgrade nearly 1,100 fluorescent lights in its Michigan City, Ind. factories to high-efficiency LED lighting, reducing its annual CO2 by 350 tons.
- Upgrade its nearly 40-year-old HVAC equipment to a variable refrigerate flow (VRF) HVAC system, reducing CO2 by 605 tons each year.
- Install 80 pace node devices throughout its Michigan City campus to monitor energy usage on each piece of equipment.
- In its global facilities, install a variable speed drive compressor to power its China manufacturing facility, along with installing solar panels and upgrading air conditioning units.
- In Australia, transition its service fleet to hybrid vehicles and, later, fully electric vehicles.
2. Transitioning to 100% renewable electricity by joining a voluntary green power program to run a portion of its Michigan City campus which purchases Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) on the company’s behalf and allows Sullair to designate a portion of its monthly electric usage to come from power generated by renewable energy sources, such as wind power.
3. Implementing a voluntary carbon offset program allowing Sullair to offset CO2 emissions while developing and implementing future additional measures for fossil fuel use reduction over the next 4 years.
The plan will be delivered in conjunction with the targets set by Hitachi Group as part of its long-term environmental targets. The “Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050” aims to achieve caron neutrality in all of its factories by 2030 and its entire value chain by 2050.