Johnson Controls is scaling up a program aimed at helping small and medium-sized suppliers reduce energy use in their manufacturing facilities.
The program will build on an existing pilot in which company energy experts visit the plants of their suppliers and train their in-house teams to identify and implement low-cost or no-cost energy efficiency improvement measures. The suppler training follows an industry practice conducted for years by Johnson Controls at its own plants.
Suppliers that participate in the program typically achieve energy savings of 5 to 10 percent with less than a two-year return on investment, Johnson Controls says.
The effort is part of the CGI Commitment to Action, in which Johnson Controls will support 60 additional suppliers over the next three years. Other organizations supporting the commitment to action include the US 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.