Added: 14th April 2023 by Cummins
Cummins Inc. has been working to be good water stewards both in the company’s plants and operations, and in the communities where the global power technology leader has a presence around the world.
The company has established 2030 goals in both areas that are part of Cummins’ PLANET 2050 environmental sustainability strategy.
In the company’s plants and operations, PLANET 2050 includes the 2030 goal of reducing absolute water consumption by 30%.
The strategy also establishes the 2030 goal of producing net water benefits that exceed the company’s annual water use in all Cummins regions around the world.
“We can’t have a prosperous world without clean air, water and land, and every employee has a role to play,” said Brian Mormino, the company’s Executive Director of Technical & Environmental Systems.
Cummins implemented a water strategy in 2014 for its plants and facilities and has been improving its stewardship ever since, achieving a 53% reduction in direct water use, adjusted by hours worked, in 2020 compared to a 2010 baseline. That reduction surpassed the company’s 2020 goal of a 50% reduction compared to 2010, again adjusted by hours worked.
Much of Cummins’ water efficiency improvements then were achieved through low- and no-cost efforts, such as fixing leaks and optimising processes.
Efforts also involved capital projects, primarily equipment efficiency upgrades and other high-impact projects such as single-pass cooling elimination, additional regenerative dynamometer installations to cool test engines more efficiently, and innovative wastewater reuse projects.
Cummins reported using just under 840 million gallons of water in 2021 compared to about 960 million in 2018, a roughly 12.5% reduction.
The company’s 2030 goal is an absolute reduction in direct water use, unadjusted by hours worked or revenues. So, to meet that goal, Cummins will need to reduce water consumption even if hours worked, or revenues, increase.
Cummins plans to continue reducing consumption through low- and no-cost efforts, notably fixing leaks and optimising processes, but will also work to eliminate water use in some areas, if possible, to meet its aggressive 30% reduction goal.
Cummins Water Works
Cummins Water Works will play a key role in meeting the company’s other water-related 2030 goal. Through partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, Cummins Water Works has helped more than 500,000 people, providing nearly 6 billion gallons in annual water benefits to communities around the world, increasing access to clean water and improved water quality.
The program’s support has allowed the nonprofit to complete thousands of infrastructure improvement projects, installing spigots, plumbing, taps, pumps and water storage tanks.
Additionally, Cummins’ funds supported the marketing of loan opportunities to families in vulnerable communities. The funds also helped teach banks how to process low-capital environmental loans and show that the loans are profitable.
Cummins Water Works helped mobilise more than $40 million in capital with a loan repayment rate of just over 99%. More than 80% of the applicants were female. Cummins Water Works projects are currently underway in Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa and the United States.
These projects address an array of local needs, from building oyster reefs that filter algae from the water and remove nutrients that can be harmful to other aquatic life, to sponsoring low interest loans for underserved populations, and installing indoor plumbing.
In these and many other ways, Cummins is working to be good stewards of water, in keeping with its mission of making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world.