Buildings efficiency, controls, and automation company Johnson Controls announced a wide-ranging series of sustainability commitments covering environmental, social and governance factors. The new initiatives introduced by the company include targets to reduce emissions in Johnson Controls’ own operations, as well as in its supply chain and at customers, as well as diversity and other sustainability goals.
According to the company, the new emissions reduction efforts will be driven by Johnson Controls’ recently launched OpenBlue suite of connected solutions, which aims to deliver impactful sustainability, healthy occupant experiences, and safety and security, and includes AI-powered service solutions such as remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, compliance monitoring, and advanced risk assessments.
George Oliver, Chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls, said:
“Sustainability is at the heart of our business and fundamental to everything that we do as a company. Today’s announcement reinforces our continued commitment to developing best in class climate solutions, and OpenBlue will empower our customers to streamline building operations and uncover energy efficiencies that will help meet their environmental goals. We continue to make sustainability a top priority for the company, our customers and our suppliers, and have set ambitious goals that will drive significant improvements in carbon emissions.”
Johnson controls has committed to setting science-based targets consistent with a1.5°C climate change scenario, and is targeting reductions in operational emissions by 55% and in customers’ emissions by 16% by 2030. By 2040, the company aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions, and to source 100% renewable energy for electricity.
Social and governance commitments announced today include doubling the representation of women leaders globally and minority leaders in the US within five years, launching an initiative focused on underserved markets, increasing the company’s spend with women and minority owned businesses, and establishing an initiative to educate the next generation of diverse sustainable building industry leaders. The company also said that include sustainability and diversity goals in senior leaders’ performance assessments, which are linked to executive compensation.
Katie McGinty, Vice President & Chief Sustainability, Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer at Johnson Controls, said:
“Our commitments reinforce the urgency to make positive changes that will improve the health of our planet, and we believe we are uniquely positioned to help customers and suppliers achieve their sustainability goals, in addition to our own. We are excited to step up the role we play and will continue to innovate and uncover new pathways to meet our goals which will contribute to healthier people, healthier places and a healthier planet.”