Thermo King SLXi Hybrid Trailer Refrigeration Unit Receives European Transport Award for Sustainability 2018
1st February 2018
Brussels, Feb. 1, 2018 – The new SLXi Hybrid trailer refrigeration from Thermo King®, a leader in transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, announced that it has been awarded a European Transport Award for Sustainability 2018  in the category “vehicle cooling and heating systems.”
The Thermo King SLXi Hybrid, a hybrid refrigeration system for semi-trailer applications has been recognized for its innovative design and technologies. These designs and technologies are environmentally responsible and support Ingersoll Rand’s commitment to addressing the unsustainable demand for energy resources.
“We are pleased to be recognized for our climate-friendly solutions for transport refrigeration customers,” said Pauli Johannesen, vice president and general manager for Truck, Trailer and Bus at Thermo King in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). ”The SLXi Hybrid offers customers easier access to restricted, low-emission urban areas that require quiet operation, while lowering their environmental footprint and operating costs at the same time.”
The SLXi Hybrid refrigeration system includes a Thermo King SLXi refrigeration unit and the Frigoblock EnviroDrive package. This package includes an alternator installed on the tractor engine and an inverter-drive system to provide constant electric power and operate the unit with its diesel engine turned off.
The SLXi Hybrid uses next generation, low global warming potential (GWP) R-452A refrigerant, which significantly reduces its impact on the environment. It is also quieter allowing customers to easily access noise-regulated urban areas.
The SLXi Hybrid will be commercially available this year as part of the SLXi refrigerated trailer platform. It is also part of Ingersoll Rand’s EcoWise™ portfolio of products designed to lower environmental impact with next generation, low global warming potential refrigerants and high efficiency operation.
The European Transport Award for Sustainability, which is handed out biennially, is organized by the German publisher HUSS-VERLAG GmbH and its magazine Transport to honor companies in the transportation and commercial vehicle industry that take sustainable actions and help to better anchor the principles of sustainable development.
The 2018 awards were handed out during an official ceremony in Munich, Germany. An independent jury consisting of representatives from business, science, industry associations and media carefully evaluated the applications in 16 different categories based on a point system. The award is intended to encourage companies in the transport and commercial vehicle sector to act sustainably, and demonstrates that responsible and sustainable action not only helps to solve social and ecological problems on a global scale, but also increases profitability and competitiveness for the businesses.
Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment
Ingersoll Rand made a Climate Commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its products and operations by 2030. The Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment pledges to:
- Cut the GHG refrigerant footprint of its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower-GWP alternatives across its portfolio by 2030;
- Invest $500 million in product-related research and development by 2020 to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions; and
- Reduce company operations-related GHG emissions by 35 percent by 2020.
The company’s Climate Commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 6.7 million metric tons of CO2e globally, which is the equivalent of avoiding annual CO2 emissions from energy used in more than 700,000 homes. By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons. Further details of Ingersoll Rand’s Climate Commitment are publicly available on the company’s website.