Improving air quality in China requires public-private partnership

Johnson Controls recently co-hosted the Smart Energy Application for Triple J Region Workshop with the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP), Hebei Energy Conservation and Monitoring Center, and the American National Standards Institute.

The Workshop brought together experts from public and private sectors in China and the U.S. to address urgent environmental issues faced by the largest urbanised region in Northern China, comprising Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.

Johnson Controls initiated the Workshop as the co-chair of Industrial Energy Efficiency Working Group under the U.S.-China ECP, which is recognised by the presidents of China and the U.S. for its vital role in clean energy cooperation.

With heating identified as a critical area to address for significant progress to be made to improve energy efficiency and air quality in Northern China, Johnson Controls shared its insights and experience with waste heat recovery projects at the workshop.

The company highlighted how despite the compelling business and environmental case for waste heat recovery, recent implementation has slowed down because of increased caution in capital spending.

“The technology is proven and continues to get better. The payback period is less than three years on average, and in certain cases, less than two years,” David Huang, general manager of HVAC, Johnson Controls.

“With many untapped sources of waste heat from industrial sectors such as power, steel, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, non-ferrous metal and sewage treatment, it would be a pity to be held back by current challenges. Our hope is that this workshop will bring all key parties together to work through these challenges.”

In the last four years, Johnson Controls has led and participated in 20 waste heat recovery projects in Northern China and achieved remarkable success.

For example, a waste heat recovery solution at a large northeast Chinese municipal heating facility saved more than $1.2 million, while eliminating the burning of some 9,000 tons of coal in the heating season. This is equivalent to removing 4,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and seating components and systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2016, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #17 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency

Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency has an unmatched portfolio of HVACR products and solutions to create more comfortable, safe and efficient buildings. Operating in more than 150 countries through a strong network of distribution channels, Building Efficiency’s breadth of offerings helps building owners, operators, engineers and consultants impact the full lifecycle of a building. Its market leadership is established through trusted brands such as YORK®, Sabroe® and Metasys® as well as its smart building integration capabilities and energy financing solutions. For more information, follow us @JCI_BEnews on Twitter and @JCIBEChina on Wechat.


Building Efficiency, China

Leon Li

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