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Johnson Controls joins White House Discussion on Refrigerants


MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls has joined private and public sector industry leaders in a White House roundtable discussion to phase down the use of high global warming refrigerants, which are used in air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Johnson Controls commits to spend more than $50 million over the next three years to develop new products and improve and expand its existing low-global warming potential (GWP) portfolio.

The President's Climate Action Plan highlights the urgent need to reduce emissions caused by some hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, and is seeking goals, commitments and partnerships that catalyze the transition to more climate-friendly alternatives, where practical. 

According to the White House, emissions of high global-warming-potential HFCs — potent greenhouse gases — are expected to nearly double from current levels of 1.5 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 3 percent by 2020, and triple by 2030 if action is not taken.

"We applaud the Administration and the regulatory agencies for taking a collaborative approach with industry to manage the phase-down in use of HFCs," said Laura Wand, vice president, chiller solutions, at Johnson Controls' Building Efficiency business.

Johnson Controls stressed the importance of considering the energy efficiency of the system when selecting a new refrigerant, not just its low global warming potential. Up to 98 percent of the total CO2 equivalent emissions over the life of air conditioning equipment can be due to energy use alone, not the global warming potential of the refrigerant contained.

The company has already spent more than $26 million over the past 3 years in the development of low global warming potential technologies.

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