LCF Member Spotlight: Cummins Inc.

    Cummins turns 100 this year, so we celebrate their achievements over the last century!

    Cummins was first founded in February 1919 in Columbus, Indiana, and the company first began with only four employees. Today, the company has grown to more than 58,000 employees working across five different divisions, and Cummins is renewing its commitment to the message: “Challenge the impossible.”

    Cummins is organized into five “distinct but complementary business segments.” The Engine Segment specializes in designing and producing engines, particularly diesel and natural gas engines. The Power Systems Segment is “a global provider of high-speed high-horsepower engines and power generation equipment, including standby and prime power generator sets, alternators, switchgear and other components.” The Components Segment is further split into several businesses: Filtration, Turbo Technologies, Emission Solutions, and Electronics and Fuel Systems. The Distribution Segment deals with sales and distribution all over the world. The newest Cummins business segment, the Electrified Power Segment, is “positioned to provide fully electric and hybrid powertrain solutions along with technology leading components and subsystems to serve all our markets as they adopt electrification.” Within this segment, Cummins is working on the Cummins Battery Electric System and the Cummins Power Hybrid Plug-In systems for buses.

    Cummins’ mission of “making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world” is certainly shown through their efforts in the last hundred years. Not only is Cummins committed to creating a better world through cleaner technology such as their emissions software, electrification projects, and natural gas engines, they are also committed to improving their company for Cummins employees. Just this year, Cummins was given a perfect score “as part of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI).” In addition, Cummins was also recognized this year by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), “which awarded Cummins its We Award for Outstanding Professional Development.” The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) also presented Cummins with its Chairman’s Award at their 45th Annual Convention this year. To add to the long list of honors Cummins has recently received, this past March Cummins was “named to Ethisphere’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for a 12th consecutive year as well as to the FTSE4Good’s index, which measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices.”

    Here’s a quick look back at some important highlights in Cummins’ storied history:

    • 1999: Cummins Powers Asia’s First Alternative Fuel Fleet
      • “To help improve the city’s air quality, a fleet of 300 B5.9 natural-gas-powered Beijing Public Transit buses take to the streets of Beijing, China.
    • 2001: Cummins Emission Solutions Established
      • “Cummins Emission Solutions brings the design, development and manufacturing of exhaust aftertreatment systems in-house, demonstrating that the company could be green and profitable at the same time.”
    • 2005: Diesel-Electric Hybrid Heavy Truck
      • “The Oshkosh HEMITT A3 becomes the first production-ready diesel-electric hybrid heavy truck. The ProPulse drive system features a Cummins 9-liter ISL 400-horsepower engine that runs at constant revolutions per minute (rpm), and an electrical generator that drives four-wheel motors. The 30-ton tactical truck has a 65 mile per hour speed with 20 percent improved fuel efficiency and delivers 200 kilowatt (kW) power for external use.”
    • 2006: Advancing into Electrification
      • “With the introduction of more than 1,000 diesel-electric hybrid buses in North America, 2006 is a breakthrough year for Cummins. The company’s move into early electrification would impact both fuel economy and environmental progress.”
    • 2014: Cummins Unveils First Comprehensive Sustainability Plan
      • “Cummins releases its most extensive environmental sustainability plan to date, establishing public goals seeking to reduce water and energy consumption, and greenhouse gas and waste production.”
    • 2017: AEOS: The World’s First Electric Heavy-Duty Truck
      • “Surging ahead of Tesla, Cummins unveils AEOS, a fully electrified heavy-duty truck. The Class 7 demonstration tractor is capable of hauling a 22-ton trailer and leaving the impossible in the past.”
    • 2018: Doubling Down on Electrified Power
      • “Launched in February, Cummins adds Electrified Power to its lineup of business segments. The move solidifies the company's commitment to electrification and its long-term possibilities. With acquisitions of Brammo, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., Cummins continues to turn challenges into opportunities.”
    • 2019: Cummins Celebrates 100 Years

    We at LCF would like to wish Cummins a happy centennial anniversary, and we look forward to seeing how they “challenge the impossible” for the next century!

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    May is Air Quality Awareness Month

    Governor John Bel Edwards has declared May to be Air Quality Awareness month in Louisiana. Recently, Governor Edwards announced that “the entire state is in compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, according to the EPA. Louisiana gained compliance thanks to improved ozone levels in the greater Baton Rouge area, which comprises East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension and Livingston parishes,” according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). In order to continue this improvement and increase awareness and education about air quality and its importance, we will be promoting air quality awareness throughout the month of May.

    According to LDEQ, “May is traditionally the start of ozone season, and the proclamation encourages citizens to become familiar with the Air Quality Index, to understand what causes ozone formation and to take voluntary steps to help prevent ozone formation and improve air quality.” The task of improving air quality can seem much too overwhelming for individual people or organizations to make a difference on their own, but it’s “a cooperative effort,” says LDEQ. One easy way that anyone who operates a vehicle in Louisiana can do their part is through idle reduction.

    Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time vehicles idle their engines. When the engine of a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle runs, it releases harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other harmful pollutants. Not only are these tailpipe emissions damaging to the environment, they are also harmful to human health. Vehicle idling releases these emissions without the benefit of even moving the vehicle - in short, the driver goes nowhere and sits in one spot wasting fuel and releasing harmful emissions.

    According to the AFDC, "each year, U.S. passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty trucks, and heavy-duty vehicles consume more than 6 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline—without even moving. Roughly half of that fuel is wasted by passenger vehicles.” The AFDC also states that one gallon of fuel creates roughly 20 lbs of greenhouse gases. Doing the math shows that idling vehicles are releasing about 120 billion lbs of greenhouse gases each year. These gases can contribute to poor air quality both through immediate exposure (someone standing near a vehicle’s tailpipe and breathing in the emissions) and over time.

    For everyday drivers, the best way to reduce idling is to simply turn the key when stopped for 10 seconds or more, except in traffic. When going through a long drive-through line, consider turning off your engine or, even better, parking and going inside the building. When waiting for passengers, keep the engine off while you wait. According to the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), "It’s especially important for caregivers waiting to pick up schoolchildren to minimize idling because vehicle emissions are more concentrated near the ground, where children breathe. Poor air quality can contribute to asthma and other ailments, and children’s lungs are more susceptible to damage than adults’ lungs are."

    In honor of Air Quality Awareness month this May, consider taking a pledge to reduce idling and keep our Louisiana air cleaner and safer. We would love to see how you are doing your part for air quality improvement in Louisiana: share the image below to show your dedication to air quality awareness and tag Louisiana Clean Fuels on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram). Use the hashtag #IdleLess to promote your efforts and encourage others to follow your lead! We will be sharing posts throughout the month of May to show how Louisianians are leading the charge to reduce idling and improve air quality.

    For more information about the benefits of idle reduction and how you can implement idle reduction strategies for yourself or your organization, check out the resources on our Idle Reduction page. You can also see the air quality forecast for various locations in Louisiana on LDEQ’s website.

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