USA: Johnson Controls’ unitary HVAC product factory in Wichita, Kansas, is to switch to wind power to provide all of its electricity requirements.
The company’s 120,000m² primary manufacturing campus employs 1600 staff and is the source of York, Luxaire, Coleman and Champion brands of residential heating and air conditioning equipment.
The wind farm is scheduled to be completed and delivering clean energy to the Wichita plant by the end of 2019. The decision to rely on wind power will reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 18% and save about $2.7m over the life of the 20-year contract.
“This renewable energy agreement is a win-win for the business. This plant will operate on 100% clean energy, dramatically reducing emissions and saving costs,” said Liz Haggerty, Johnson Controls’ vice president and general manager. “Sustainability is a core value of our company. We’ve set a goal to achieve a 25% reduction in our global greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2025.”
Since Johnson Controls set its first sustainability goals in 2002, the company says it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from global operations by nearly half and cut energy use in US manufacturing locations by 25%.