Johnson Controls joins National Clean Fleets Partnership
Johnson Controls has joined the U.S. Energy Department’s National Clean Fleets Partnership, which works to reduce petroleum use in the transportation sector by helping to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies and smarter, more fuel efficient driving practices.
In addition to Johnson Controls, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Best Buy, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Veolia are joining the program, bringing the total number of corporate partners to 18. The secretary made his announcement March 5 at the Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, Ind.
"As part of the President's all-of-the-above approach to reducing fuel costs for American consumers and businesses, the National Clean Fleets Partnership helps leading U.S. companies reduce their fuel use, save money, and become models for fleets across the nation to improve their efficiency," Chu said. "By adopting alternative fuels, advanced vehicles and by making their operations smarter and more fuel-efficient, these national partners are increasing their competitiveness and helping to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil."
Johnson Controls has implemented several greenhouse gas reduction strategies in its global fleet of 19,000 vehicles worldwide. Beginning in 2009, the company’s U.S. fleet introduced hybrid vehicles. The fleet today runs more than 500 hybrid vehicles, which each reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent.
In 2011, Johnson Controls deployed 20 all-electric vans, which are estimated to achieve a 61 percent GHG reduction per vehicle. Other strategies include the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) vans, and higher mileage vans and trucks. In 2012, Johnson Controls will pilot the use of telematics and continue with the deployment of additional alternative fuel vehicles, including propane-fueled units.
In April 2011, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the National Clean Fleets Partnership in an effort to reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil. It is part of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program.