The company places a special focus on the waste, water, and energy that it uses in the production process.Here’s a look at some of the company’s key practices and strategies in this important area:


Cummins’ water strategy includes four priority areas: conservation, risk management in business operations, community engagement and supply chain.

The company recognizes water as an operational risk, especially in parts of the world where water is scarce. Cummins’ strategy includes working with community leaders in water scarce locations to help them establish their own conservation initiatives


The company uses a waste hierarchy that is consistent with current industry standards:  avoid the generation of waste, reuse, recycle, and waste to energy as a last resort.

Reducing packaging is one way Cummins tries to avoid the generation of waste. Reusing waste might involve reusing pallets or finding an alternative use without any reprocessing. Recovery and reuse of solvents is another example. The recycling of metals, paper or wood also reduce the amount of waste that has to be disposed.  


Saving energy has both environmental and bottom-line benefits. The company estimates savings of $40 million per year from its energy efficiency efforts.  Cummins strategy focuses on four key areas:

  • Saving and conserving energy by improving existing facilities.
  • Recovering test cell energy.
  • Building energy conservation into new construction.
  • Enhancing energy management.

High efficiency “smart” lighting and energy efficient windows, doors, walls and roofs reduce heat gain or loss. Heating, cooling and recirculation systems offer opportunities for efficiency as do boilers and burners.

Cummins has been working to recover energy generated by engines and generators in its test cells by installing equipment that can capture that power for use by the plant or for sale to a local utility.

The company has seven solar installations, the two most significant being the 3.6 megawatt installation at Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company Ltd. in China and the 2 megawatt installation in Jamestown, New York. (U.S.A.).

Cummins is a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.  The company surpassed its 25 percent reduction in U.S. energy efficiency intensity commitment by the end of 2015 by achieving an 33 percent reduction.


Cummins has nearly 550 facilities encompassing more than 34 million square feet across the globe. During the first half of 2016, there were over 30 major renovations and new projects planned or underway at the company with a planned capital expense of $800 million over multiple years. Having efficient buildings is not only a good return on investment, it is critical to reaching Cummins’ energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) goals.

Cummins’ building standard is based on the international standard established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 189.1 regarding implementation of energy and water efficiency.

While the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard is an industry-respected norm, Cummins believes ASHRAE 189.1 is a better fit for the company.


The company’s Enterprise Environmental Management System (EMS), created in 2003, plays a critical role in Cummins’ global environmental footprint reductions and other improvements. The company adopted a model that includes a common framework to ensure a similar look, feel and fundamental approach throughout the organization.

The EMS has the flexibility to allow individual sites and businesses to address risks and opportunities most important to them. Cummins has integrated health and safety processes and procedures with the environment since 2007, in accordance with the international standard OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System, to create the Enterprise Health, Safety and Management System (HSEMS).