Johnson Controls demonstrates commitment to climate action

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Company participates in 2016 U.S. - China Climate Smart / Low Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing

BEIJING, China – (June 8, 2016) – Johnson Controls, a global leader in building and energy management solutions today joined in the 2016 U.S.-China Climate Smart/Low Carbon Cities Summit highlighting solutions to reduce energy consumption in new and retrofit buildings. The Summit was established in November 2014 by President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama to bring together public and private sector leaders to share best practices in building low carbon, climate-resilient communities. This year’s Summit brought State Counselor Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry together with U.S. and Chinese state and local governments and private sector and civil society leaders to discuss optimized energy usage, air quality and accelerating the development of low- carbon cities in China and the U.S. Multiple memorandums of understanding to address low-carbon solutions and best practice sharing were signed by U.S. and China leaders, including an MOU signed by Trent Nevill, president, Asia Pacific, Johnson Controls on behalf of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP).

“Buildings are responsible for up to a third of greenhouse gas emissions globally, and Chinese cities are expected to contribute nearly 40 percent of global growth in residential and commercial floor space demand by 2025,” said Trent Nevill. “If systems and products that reduce energy are integrated into a building’s design, it can result in up to 50 percent energy savings. Energy efficiency remains the lowest cost and cleanest energy resource.”

Johnson Controls is focused on efforts to improve energy efficiency and address China’s climate problems. From a district level, Johnson Controls’ expertise uses industrial energy, such as waste heat recovery, to increase capacity for low-carbon district energy systems. “Optimized district energy systems provide centralized heating and cooling to urban areas with efficiency gains of up to 40-60 percent over conventional solutions,” said Wu Song, vice president and managing director of Johnson Controls China. “District heating solutions are one way to help China achieve its carbon emission reduction target of 40 to 45 percent during the 13th Five Year Plan period.” Waste heat recovery was one of the solutions presented during the Summit’s Expo, where Mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun and NDRC Vice Chairman Zheng Young visited and commented on the solution’s applicability in China.

Johnson Controls also provides building solutions and consulting expertise to its customers to help meet energy reduction targets and achieve prestigious green building accreditations. One example is the Northstar Delta Office Tower in Changsha City, an 850,000-square foot office that cut energy consumption by 28 percent and was awarded LEED Gold and China Green Building certifications. Johnson Controls’ second global headquarters in Shanghai is expected to deliver 44 percent energy savings, 42 percent water savings, and 21 percent embodied energy in materials savings when opened in April 2017. It is designed for LEED Platinum and China Three-Star certifications, and was recently awarded the first design-phase EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency) Certification for an office building in China.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and seating components and systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2016, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #17 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency
Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency has an unmatched portfolio of HVACR products and solutions to create more comfortable, safe and efficient buildings. Operating in more than 150 countries through a strong network of distribution channels, Building Efficiency’s breadth of offerings help building owners, operators, engineers and consultants impact the full lifecycle of a building. Its market leadership is established through trusted brands such as YORK®, Sabroe® and Metasys® as well as its smart building integration capabilities and energy financing solutions. For more information, visit or follow @JCI_BEnews.

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