Thermo King, the transport and refrigeration unit of HVAC and climate control solutions company Trane Technologies unveiled today a new trailer refrigeration system with zero direct carbon emissions for the sustainable transport of foods and medicine.

The transport system combines a fully electric refrigeration unit, battery storage, and the ability to run on low or zero emissions power sources. The sustainable battery enables the unit to operate autonomously and keep the cargo at optimal temperature, even when the vehicle is not running. With zero emissions and silent operation, it also enables inner-city deliveries, including in Ultra-low Emission Zones (ULEZs).

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Francesco Incalza, president of Thermo King Europe, Middle East, and Africa, said:

“At Trane Technologies, sustainability is at the centre of everything we do as we challenge what’s possible for the industry, and the world. For decades, Thermo King has led the industry in electrification of transport refrigeration, and we continue to relentlessly innovate in support of our customers, our communities and our planet.”

The new announcement follows Trane’s announcement in August 2021 that Thermo king will invest more than $100 million to deliver a fully electric product in every segment of the cold chain by 2023. Trane has pledged to reduce customer greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion metric tons by 2030, and in March this year, the company announced a commitment to cut product carbon emissions in half by 2030, a target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Incalza, added:

“Safe, sustainable transport of foods, medicines and vaccines is more critical than ever. Temperature-controlled transport is subject to the highest operational safety requirements. Our technology can ensure sensitive goods stay at the required temperature, while reducing energy, emissions, and noise – all important to a sustainable future. We’re proud to continue to deliver breakthrough technology, which supports our customers’ sustainability goals and our Gigaton Challenge to reduce customer carbon emissions by one gigaton by 2030.”