Johnson Controls Unveils Ambitious Sustainability Commitments and Accelerates Vision for a Healthy and Sustainable Planet
– Commits to achieving zero net carbon emissions by 2040 and announces scientific objectives for 2030
– Set the goal of doubling customer emissions reductions through the implementation of OpenBlue digital solutions
– Elevates sustainability as a key performance metric for preferred suppliers and initiates supplier cohort training to reduce supplier emissions
– Intends to double the representation of women leaders in the world and minority leaders in the United States within five years
– Launches an initiative to educate the next generation of diverse leaders in the green building industry, in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
CORK from Ireland, January 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today announced new environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments, science goals and a net zero carbon commitment to support a planet healthy and more sustainable over the next two decades. The reduction of emissions for the company and its customers will be led by Johnson Controls OpenBlue technologies and innovations that harness big data and artificial intelligence to optimize the sustainability of buildings.
“Sustainable development is at the heart of our business and fundamental in everything we do as a company”
“Sustainability is at the heart of our business and fundamental in everything we do as a business,” said Georges olivier, President and CEO, Johnson Controls. “Today’s announcement reinforces our continued commitment to developing the best climate solutions, and OpenBlue will enable our customers to streamline construction operations and discover energy efficiencies that will help meet their environmental goals. We continue to make sustainability a top priority for the company, our customers and our suppliers, and have set ambitious targets that will significantly improve carbon emissions. “
New ESG commitments
The launch of the new commitments will allow Johnson Controls to deliver quantifiable efforts to reduce carbon emissions, drive climate-driven innovation and work closely with customers and suppliers to achieve sustainability goals as well as a measurable impact on its three key pillars of OpenBlue healthy building: healthy people, healthy places and a healthy planet. These commitments are:
Environmental sustainability commitments:
Set scientific objectives consistent with the most ambitious scenario of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at 1.5 ° C
Reduce Johnson Controls operational emissions by 55% and reduce customer emissions by 16% by 2030
Achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2040, in accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Race to Zero and Business Ambition for the 1.5 ° C criterion
Invest 75% of new product development R&D in climate-related innovation to develop sustainable products and services
Achieve 100% renewable electricity use in the world by 2040
Customer and Supply Chain commitments:
Double annual avoided emissions by 2030 through customer use of Johnson Controls’ OpenBlue digital products and services
Create a Supplier Sustainability Council with cohorts of suppliers and their leading suppliers, and provide training to suppliers on sustainability best practices and OpenBlue digital tools to achieve ambitious public sustainability goals
Give sustainability equal weight to other key metrics in supplier performance reviews and give preference to suppliers with excellent sustainability scores
Social sustainability and governance commitments:
Intends to double the representation of women leaders in the world and of minority leaders in United States within five years
Launch an initiative to educate the next generation of diverse leaders in the green building industry, in partnership with HBCUs
Include sustainability and diversity goals in executive performance reviews, which are linked to executive compensation to foster accountability
Launch initiative focused on underserved markets and increase Johnson Controls spending on women and minority-owned businesses
“Our commitments reinforce the urgency to make positive changes that will improve the health of our planet, and we believe we are uniquely positioned to help customers and suppliers meet their sustainability goals, in addition to our own.” , said Katie McGinty, vice president and head of sustainability, government and regulatory affairs at Johnson Controls. “We are excited to scale up the role we play and will continue to innovate and discover new ways to achieve our goals that will contribute to healthier people, healthier places and a healthier planet.”
OpenBlue support for customer sustainability initiatives
Johnson Controls is committed to supporting the sustainability and carbon reduction efforts of its customers through its OpenBlue platform. The OpenBlue Enterprise Manager can generate up to 30% energy savings in buildings and a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions. Notably, the platform has recently been used to identify more than $ 100,000 savings after just 30 days for a large customer portfolio. Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, the platform facilitates real-time monitoring, benchmarking and analysis of energy consumption and demand. It also allows clients to report on indoor environmental quality to help achieve healthy building and wellness certifications.
Education initiative to diversify the construction workforce and train future leaders in sustainable development
The way buildings are designed, managed and maintained has a significant environmental and social impact on building occupants. As such, Johnson Controls, in partnership with HBCUs, will launch an initiative to develop and implement an educational program that will support the training and education of over a thousand sustainability champions from HBCUs and universities. selected from around the world in terms of environmental sustainability, energy equity. , sound construction practices and building decarbonization solutions. The company’s nine global OpenBlue innovation centers will also provide students with support in applying digital tools to improve new and existing buildings.
As a leader in the building industry for 135 years, Johnson Controls has been a pioneer in sustainability and is ranked in the top 12 percent of global climate leadership companies by CDP and was named one of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World by Corporate Knights. Recently, George Oliver was appointed chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee of the Business Roundtable where it pursues policies that preserve the environment and maximize sustainable energy options. Johnson Controls is taking important steps to dramatically improve its environmental impact while enabling customers and future generations to consume less energy, conserve resources and identify pathways to achieve healthy, zero carbon communities.
About Johnson Controls:
At Johnson Controls, we are transforming the environments in which people live, work, learn and play. From optimizing building performance to improving safety and improving comfort, we drive the results that matter most. We keep our promises in areas such as healthcare, education, data centers and manufacturing. With a global team of 100,000 experts in over 150 countries and over 130 years of innovation, we are the force behind our clients’ mission. Our leading portfolio of construction technologies and solutions includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, Penn®, Sabroe®, Simplex®, Ansul ® and Grinnell®. For more information visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.
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