Johnson Controls joins the climate change conversation
Clay Nesler, vice president Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls, pictured at right, participates in a panel discussion at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris – the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).
In December 2015, Johnson Controls participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris – the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). With nearly 50,000 participants, COP21 aims to achieve a global agreement to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Johnson Controls was one of many companies that represented the private sector and served as observers for the conference.
The Johnson Controls delegation was led by Grady Crosby, vice president, Public Affairs, and chief diversity officer; and Clay Nesler, vice president, Global Energy and Sustainability.The Johnson Controls delegation discussed how our company maintains sustainability across the value chain in three ways:
- Improving operational excellence and reducing the footprint of our own facilities
- Helping our suppliers become more energy efficient
- Providing products that help our customers become more energy efficient, sustainable and competitive
Crosby was featured on a panel discussion on clean energy hosted by one of our partners, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. He discussed how government policies can increase adoption and investment in clean energy technologies.
“Since introducing our first product more than 130 years ago, an electric room thermostat, our customers have trusted us to provide products and services that use resources like energy efficiently and improve sustainability,” Crosby said. “From fuel-efficient batteries, to energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, to distributed energy storage, we have a range of products that help customers reduce resource use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Nesler also presented on several panels at the conference. In a media interview, he discussed the need for private sector involvement to address climate change.
“There isn’t enough public money in the world to make all the investments that we need to address climate mitigation and resiliency issues. We really need to unlock the power of the private sector and markets to be able to make these improvements," Nesler said. "The good news is energy efficiencies generally pay for themselves over time. It’s not a cost, it’s an investment.”
CEO talks sustainability
During the event, President and Chief Executive Officer Alex Molinaroli published an article on sustainability on the World Economic Forum blog.
Johnson Controls was also featured in the CDP report highlighting our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use across our global supply chain.
In addition, Johnson Controls is the industry lead industry partner for the UN SE4ALL Building Efficiency Accelerator, which was featured in a World Resources Institute blog.Featured commitments
Johnson Controls has set 2020 goals to make our operations more sustainable, including activities to reduce the emissions, energy, water and waste across our global facilities. Leading up to and during COP21, Johnson Controls emphasized its goals and commitments on energy intensity, greenhouse gas intensity, responsible policy engagement and low global warming potential refrigerants.
These goals and commitments included the following:
- World Economic Forum CEO Climate Leaders - Wall Street Journal Low Carbon USA Commitment
- Global Efficiency Alliance - Double Energy Productivity Goal
- CDP/We Mean Business Coalition - "Responsible Engagement on Climate Change"
- BSR/We Mean Business Coalition - "Short lived climate pollutants" commitment
- White House Business Pledge on Climate Act
- White House Refrigerants Commitment
- Clinton Global Initiative commitment on suppliers