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Johnson Controls Initiates Blue Sky Program to Benefit It's Workers and the Environment
Milwaukee, WI— To support its commitment to sustainability, Johnson Controls announced a new global program called Blue Sky. The program will strengthen the company’s focus and performance in two key areas: the environment and leadership development.
Blue Sky Environment is launching across the company’s more than 500 locations worldwide this week; a second component of the program, Blue Sky Leaders, will launch in the fall.
As part of the Blue Sky Environment kickoff, employees from the United States to Brazil to Germany and Japan will focus on the company’s commitment to the environment. Location managers are planning environmentally friendly events to engage employees in the company’s commitment to the environment, and to increase awareness about how Johnson Controls helps its customers use resources more efficiently.
“The automotive and buildings industries are two of the world’s largest energy consuming sectors,” said Chairman and CEO John M. Barth. “What we do for our customers dramatically improves energy efficiency.”
Among the company’s most recent environmental
Recertified “gold” building — Using a combination of innovative mechanical and operational improvements, the company’s Controls Group headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the first building in the United States to achieve a gold rating under the new LEED(TM) Rating System for Existing Buildings of the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the national standard for the design and construction of green buildings.
New battery production process — PowerFrame(TM), the company’s new battery production technology, reduces variation and waste and eliminates inefficient machines, adding up to a 30 percent emission source reduction in the United States. The process is being replicated at the company’s plants throughout North America, and in 2004-2005 will expand to Europe.
Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments — Johnson Controls is one of six corporations to pioneer the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments, launched in March. The goal of the Alliance is to educate business leaders about the importance of maintaining environmental sustainability throughout the workplace.
U.S. Energy Efficiency Forum — Johnson Controls has been the co-sponsor for the U.S. Energy Efficiency Forum since 1992. The forum has become a platform for high-level discussions of energy and the role of sustainable development in providing solutions for industry, education, health care, government and society. This year’s forum is June 15-16 in Washington, D.C.
Johnson Controls ongoing environmental initiatives continuously increase resource efficiency at its own facilities, as well as for its customers. The Leonardo Academy estimates that by 2010, the company’s work helping customers identify and address areas for energy conservation will lead to $18 billion of savings in utility costs and reduce power plant emissions by 352 million tons. This is environmentally equal to planting 29 million acres of trees. Energy saving initiatives at its own facilities have reduced energy consumption by 30 percent since 1997 levels.
In the automotive sector, Johnson Controls is a global leader in the design of interiors and batteries that create more comfortable and more reliable transportation. Automotive interior components developed by the company, including lightweight seats and products that help reduce fuel consumption, make cars more fuel efficient and easier to recycle at the end of their useful life.
Johnson Controls is also working on advanced automotive battery systems to develop hybrids that will improve fuel economy and reduce emissions by 25 percent to 50 percent.