Johnson Controls has joined the Better Buildings Challenge, an initiative that brings together corporations, universities, municipalities and other national leaders to make significant commitments to energy efficiency and waste reduction in their facilities.
Launched by President Obama in December 2011, the goal of the challenge is to make American commercial and industrial buildings at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.
As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Johnson Controls will work with the U.S. Department of Energy to implement energy savings practices that reduce energy waste and save money. The company will also share facility-level energy use data and successful strategies with challenge partners and other U.S. businesses and organizations – helping to lead a clean, sustainable energy economy.
"Johnson Controls commits to an additional 25 percent energy intensity reduction in its 71 U.S. manufacturing plants covering 16 million square feet through 2019,” said Clay Nesler, vice president of Global Energy and Sustainability at Johnson Controls. "Our energy management practices have had a positive impact on organizational performance and profitability, as well as on the environment."
Previously, Johnson Controls reduced the energy intensity of its U.S. manufacturing plants by 25 percent from 2002 to 2008. Since 2000, Johnson Controls has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 18 million metric tons and generated savings of $7 billion for its building efficiency customers.
In addition to Johnson Controls, the government announced Macy’s and Sprint as new partners to the challenge.
“Investments in energy efficiency that save millions in energy costs are making the American economy more competitive, protecting our air and water and creating jobs,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “We applaud these new partners for leading by example and showing the savings that energy efficiency makes possible while positioning America as a global leader in the clean energy race.”
More than 110 organizations, representing more than 2 billion square feet of commercial and industrial buildings and almost $2 billion in energy efficiency financing, currently partner with the U.S. Department of Energy in the Better Buildings Challenge.