Johnson Controls today joined a White House roundtable discussion on actions toward a phase down of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. In its first 12 months of a three-year commitment, Johnson Controls reaffirmed its $50m investment to developing and expanding its existing low-GWP product portfolio.
Since last year, the company invested $15m in research and development (R&D) of low-GWP refrigerants and component technology for scroll, screw and centrifugal compressor-based products.
Over the past decade, Johnson Controls’ industry-leading product innovations have reduced refrigerant charge in equipment by nearly 30% while improving efficiency over 40%, which has a major impact on reducing greenhouse gas. Other R&D focus areas have included efforts to reduce the potential for leaks, as well as improved maintenance practices and service training.
Laura Wand, vice president, global chiller solutions at Johnson Controls’ buildings business, commented: “A building’s heating and cooling systems account for approximately 40% 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. Today’s commitment reaffirms our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive approach providing safe, economical and available options for our customers.”