The Supplier Efficiency Program, launched in 2015, brings Johnson Controls energy efficiency experts together with suppliers to help improve operations. Suppliers get the tools to conduct onsite energy assessments and develop action plans, typically reducing their energy bill 3 to 5 percent.
For one supplier, we identified up to $125,000 in potential HVAC and compressed air machine savings. For another, we led 10 employees in a workshop that included fixing compressed air system leaks. And for a third, we helped identify potential energy savings through energy metering and awareness.
The Supplier Efficiency Program, along with Johnson Controls reporting on energy use and greenhouse gas data, earned recognition from the CDP, a global leader in sustainability. The program is also featured as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Employees at Johnson Controls manufacturing facilities worldwide are being trained in Energy Hunt, the search for low-cost and no-cost energy savings. Teams from China to the Czech Republic conduct multi-day workshops on using continuous improvement tools to enhance current processes and build energy savings into daily operations. A website and online calculator make it easy to share best practices across facilities and with vendors. Energy Hunt typically delivers immediate savings to each plant and ultimately reduces energy intensity metrics tracked by the Johnson Controls Operating System.
As a new partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, Johnson Controls supports development of a nationwide infrastructure for charging plug-in electric vehicles. It starts in our own parking lots, where we continue to expand available plug-in stations. The Challenge program aims to increase the number of employers offering workplace charging to 500 by 2018.
As part of Tyco’s goals to reduce resource use and generate zero waste to landfill, water conservation measures continued across operations. Initiatives include using treated process water in the manufacturing process, replacing water-cooled compressor systems with air-cooled systems, and installing leak identification and tagging systems. An active water reduction program at the Marinette, Wisconsin, facility helped Tyco exceed its goal to reduce water consumption by 25 percent from 2012 to 2015. To date, consumption is down 31 percent, saving more than 139 million liters.
The Tyco Fire Protection Products facility in Port Arthur, Texas, this year became the first Tyco facility in the Americas to achieve Zero Landfill status—the result of a multi-year effort to improve recycling and management of everything from lunchroom trash to hazardous waste. In 2016, the plant prevented an estimated 450,000 pounds, or 225 tons, of waste from being sent to the local landfill.