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Johnson Controls Launches OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service

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CORK, IRELAND—Johnson Controls, a global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, announced OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service. Johnson Controls will provide a one-stop shop for companies looking to achieve net zero carbon and renewable energy goals. The offering recognizes customers’ need for assistance in making these goals easier to plan, execute, track, and achieve.

“The need for making net zero leadership easier to achieve is immediate and greater than ever. Buildings represent about 40 percent of global emissions and Johnson Controls is uniquely positioned to help customers around the world pursue their net zero carbon goals,” said George Oliver, Chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls. “Our proprietary research echoes the demand, prioritization and urgency for support that businesses, governments and global leaders are calling for. Our As a Service model looks to provide our customers with guaranteed outcomes and risk management models to achieve emission reduction commitments that ultimately lead to healthier buildings, people, places and the planet.”

To ensure alignment with the needs of customers and prospects, in May 2021, Johnson Controls commissioned a survey of 1,046 North American professionals responsible for building operations, facilities management and energy and sustainability management across various industry verticals and building types. Over 90 percent of respondents have significant goals to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption by 2030+ with over 60 percent of respondents targeting a 50 percent or greater reduction. Goals include increasing building performance and value, positively impacting the surrounding community and talent attraction and retention.

Full Spectrum of Sustainability Offerings

The OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service portfolio includes a full spectrum of sustainability offerings tailored to schools, campuses, data centers, healthcare facilities as well as commercial and industry players. Understanding the market trends, unique industry requirements and investment pitfalls is an important element in making large sustainability decisions. Johnson Controls helps customers stay abreast of important trends and technology innovations that feed into a customized roadmap highlighting opportunities and managing risks and uncertainties against a rapidly changing regulatory environment.

Additional results from the Johnson Controls survey revealed that respondents’ top five solution pathways and also their drivers for sustainability and net zero lean into As-a-Service capabilities, including improving energy efficiency, integrating onsite renewables, electrifying buildings, incorporating offsite renewables and adding grid interactive capabilities. However, almost all respondents are facing challenges across these solution pathways while also feeling pressure to move quickly. Over 90 percent of respondents plan to pursue a LEED certification and yet run into challenges with measuring emissions, the largest being how to aggregate data from multiple sources. Digital solutions are needed to solve this and other measurement challenges.

Supporting this need, Johnson Controls has created a game-changing new offering called OpenBlue Net Zero Advisor. It will deliver real-time, AI-driven tracking and reporting of sustainability metrics, helping facilities managers ensure and prove the net zero carbon reduction and renewable energy impact of their buildings. Based on criteria such as LEED certification, the new technology automatically gathers and analyzes data about energy, water, materials, and greenhouse gas emissions involved in every phase of a building’s lifecycle and proves CO2 reductions, renewable energy, and efficiency gains. This will generate energy and environmental outcomes from improving building operations.

Flexible Risk Sharing Models

Johnson Controls’ suite of connected sustainability solutions and services is offered through flexible risk sharing models that enable tailored deal structures where end users pay for expected outcomes rather than assets. Through options for simple, fixed-fee models, Johnson Controls takes on the responsibility for upfront capital decisions, design, and construction, and decarbonization goal achievement and reporting.

“The need and demand for a 360-degree net zero carbon solution is clear. Businesses, governments and global coalitions have all set ambitious sustainably goals over the next two decades, with many aspiring for decarbonization by 2030,” said Katie McGinty, Vice President & Chief Sustainability, Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer at Johnson Controls. “We offer a unique service and partnership model that allows customers to focus on their industry core competencies and revenue-generating activities while we drive customized steps for planning, execution and reporting that flex to the specific needs of each sustainability journey.”

Joining hands with like-minded thought leaders in sustainability is showing strong impact already as Johnson Controls partners with customers, leading technology companies, research institutions and government entities to build innovative solutions in pursuit of net zero carbon.

To learn more about OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service, click here.

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