Johnson Controls to scale energy efficiency in supply chains

Johnson Controls plans to scale up its energy efficiency program to help small and medium-sized suppliers reduce energy use in manufacturing facilities as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.

The Scaling Energy Efficiency in Corporate Supply Chains CGI Commitment to Action expands an existing Johnson Controls supplier efficiency pilot program in which company energy experts visit the plants of their suppliers and train their in-house teams on identifying and implementing low-cost/no-cost energy efficiency improvement measures.

The supplier training follows an industry practice known as “energy hunts,” conducted for years by Johnson Controls at its own manufacturing plants around the world. Suppliers participating in the program typically achieve energy savings of 5 to 10 percent with less than a two-year payback on their investments.

As part of the commitment, Johnson Controls, a global multi industrial company, will support 60 additional suppliers over the next three years. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will provide overall coordination of the commitment including recruiting manufacturing partners, gathering program results and reporting progress to CGI.

Other organizations supporting the commitment to action include the U.S. Department of Energy and the Institute for Industrial Productivity, which will share best practices, tools, and expertise while helping recruit additional manufacturing partners. The World Resources Institute will provide advice and support to the project while the Natural Resources Defense Council will serve as an advisor in the area of supply chain programs and supporting policies.

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