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Johnson Controls and The Climate Group co-organize 2010 China Energy Efficiency Forum

11 May 2010
Johnson Controls and The Climate Group co-organize 2010 China Energy Efficiency Forum

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May 11, 2010, Tianjin, China – The 2010 China (Tianjin) Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Forum, organized by the Tianjin Airport Economic Area, The Climate Group and Johnson Controls, held in the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA), concluded today. More than 300 leaders and guests from government departments and non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives from Global 500 companies and well-known Chinese enterprises, attended the two-day forum and exchanged their views on urban building efficiency and sustainable development. The forum promoted world-leading energy efficiency and green building technologies, and helped push forward the development of the energy saving and building efficiency industry in Tianjin and other parts of China.

The TBNA is an experimental zone used to test some of China’s proposed comprehensive reforms. In accordance with its mandate, the TBNA government has developed an eco-friendly economy, environment, housing system and culture in this area. “As an important functional area of the TBNA, the Tianjin Airport Economic Area has signed a responsibility pledge with the Tianjin municipal government for emission reduction,” Zhou Li, Deputy Director of the Tianjin Airport Economic Area, said. “We have formulated an energy-saving plan and have assigned specific tasks to each enterprise and different projects. We are very pleased to be cooperating with reliable world-leading solution providers like Johnson Controls and The Climate Group, and believe that in working together, we can make the Tianjin Airport Economic Area an exemplary eco-friendly project.”

The Climate Group was the first international non-profit and non-governmental organization to focus on climate change solutions. By sharing the best practices for greenhouse gas reduction, the group is dedicated to promoting low carbon development models worldwide. “The Climate Group has been working hard to maintain close ties with government departments, businesses and other non-profit organizations in order to deal with climate change and set up a low-carbon economic development mode,” Changhua Wu, the group's Greater China Director, said. “Many renowned experts, scholars and industry insiders were invited to this forum. This has provided a precious opportunity for discussion and for finding feasible solutions for urban building efficiency and sustainable development.”

During the forum, Johnson Controls and the TBNA signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation. The TBNA government has pledged to provide Johnson Controls with support in policy guidance, project consultation and funding, to help the company offer comprehensive energy-saving services to enterprises in the TBNA. Services will include the preliminary energy audit, the formulation and confirmation of an energy-saving program, verification of the energy saved and the total investment, and the final implementation of the energy-saving program. Johnson Controls will provide enterprises in the Tianjin Airport Economic Area with Performance Contract management and LEED accreditation services, in addition to energy audits for projects. It will also offer solutions and consultations in these fields. Through coordination with and support from the TBNA, Johnson Controls will utilize its cutting-edge technologies and vast experience in building efficiency to build a platform for enterprises in the TBNA to monitor and manage energy use. A test project for green building will be carried out and gradually introduced to other areas. Moreover, Johnson Controls will offer consultations and personnel training, thus pushing forward the development of a recycling economy and low-carbon economy, and the construction of a green TBNA.

“This forum was the first strategic cooperation of building a sustainable manufacturing zone between Johnson Controls and the Tianjin Airport Economic Area, and has provided a solid foundation for energy-efficiency initiatives in Tianjin and other parts of China,” said Clay Nesler, Vice-President of Global Energy and Sustainability of Johnson Controls. “Johnson Controls also feels privileged to be working with The Climate Group in encouraging governments, enterprises and individuals to think about problems concerning energy efficiency and climate change, and urging them to take action.”

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