L to R: Laura Wand, VP, global chiller solutions at Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business, and Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator. (PRNewsFoto/Johnson Controls)
| |Johnson Controls, the HVAC systems and controls business, was at the White House, Washington DC, last week for talks about the phase down of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.
The meeting was an opportunity for Johnson Controls and other companies to update the White House on their commitments to lowering emissions. The company has invested heavily ($15 million in a year) in researching and developing low-GWP refrigerants and systems for 'scroll, screw and centrifugal compressor-based products'. Johnson controls has committed to investing $50 million over three years in low-GWP solutions.
Laura Wand, vice president, global chiller solutions at Johnson Controls' buildings business said:
"A building's heating and cooling systems account for approximately 40 percent of its yearly CO2 emissions. We can make an impact by improving the energy efficiency of the system to reduce power consumption as well as increasing the use of low-GWP refrigerants.”
Johnson Controls also committed itself to creating low-GWP refrigerant solutions in its commercial air conditioning and industrial refrigeration products, making low-GWP retrofit systems available and offering 'after-market retrofit services.
In addition, Johnson Controls announced that it is making $100,000 available for independent research into developing safety standards for 'mildly flammable, low-GWP refrigerants'.