Cummins joins climate-action campaigns


Cummins Inc. has announced it has joined two groups advocating for climate action ahead of the upcoming U.N. climate summit.

The Columbus-based company said it had been accepted into the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, an effort by the Science Based Targets initiative that encourages companies to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets aligned with the 2015 Paris Climate Accords.

More than 900 companies around the world had joined the campaign as of Oct. 14, including Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Faurecia, a France-based company that also operates in Columbus, according to the campaign’s website.

By extension, Cummins also joined the U.N.’s Race to Zero a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, investors, cities and regions for climate action, the company said.

“Climate change is the existential crisis of our time and the biggest threat to our mission as an organization,” Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said in a statement. “So, we want to dedicate our innovation, our talent, our resources and our investments reducing our impact on the climate. Of course, we have a lot of other challenges to address at the same time to fulfill the needs of our stakeholders, but if we don’t address climate change, there will be nothing else to do.”

Cummins worked with the Science Based Targets initiative to develop the company’s PLANET 2050 environmental strategy released in 2019, the company said. The strategy includes 2030 goals aligned to targets established in the Paris Climate Accords, and the aspiration to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The U.N. climate summit will start Oct. 31 in Scotland.