Engine manufacturer Cummins has joined two groups advocating for climate action ahead of the COP26 climate summit. It is now part of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, which encourages companies to set robust emission reduction goals for greenhouse gases using science-based targets aligned to the 2015 Paris Climate Accords. By extension, it has also 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. Both groups maintain acting now can prevent future environmental threats, create jobs and unlock sustainable growth.
Cummins’ Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said: “Climate change is the existential crisis of our time and the biggest threat to our mission as an organisation. 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 fulfil the needs of our stakeholders, but if we don’t address climate change, there will be nothing else to do.”
Cummins is advocating 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. Tom also serves as Co-Chair of the Hydrogen Council.
The firm plans to reduce greenhouse emissions from its facilities and operations by 50%, along with an absolute lifetime reduction in the company’s ‘scope 3’ emissions from newly sold products of 25%, which includes the products during their use by customers.