Dow Chemical Co. & Johnson Controls Join Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council

Press Release                                        
October 22, 2008


Pew Center Contact: Tom Steinfeldt, (703) 516-4146                               
Johnson Controls, Inc. Contact: Jennifer Mattes, (414) 524-2349

 

THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY AND JOHNSON CONTROLS JOIN

PEW CENTER’S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Industry Leaders Show Strong Commitments to Advance Climate Change Solutions


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pew Center on Global Climate Change announced today that The Dow Chemical Company and Johnson Controls, Inc. have joined the Pew Center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) and its efforts to address global climate change.

“It is a testament to both the continued leadership of the business community and the critical nature of the climate issue that in the midst of these trying economic times ¬– we welcome two new members to our Business Environmental Leadership Council,” said Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. “Both Dow and Johnson Controls have demonstrated excellent corporate leadership on the climate issue over the years, and I look forward to working with them to fashion a reasonable and economically sustainable climate policy for the U.S.”

Dow is a leading diversified chemical company that combines human innovation, science, and technology to deliver products and services in about 160 countries. With annual sales of $54 billion and 46,000 employees worldwide, the Midland, Michigan-based company helps provide a range of products and services, including fresh water, food, pharmaceuticals, paints, packaging, and personal care products.

“We are very excited about joining the Business Environmental Leadership Council,” said David Kepler, Dow’s Executive Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer. “At Dow, we believe providing humanity with a sustainable energy supply while addressing climate change is one of the most urgent environmental issues society faces. We look forward to working with the Pew Center on solutions to slow, stop, and reverse the growth of greenhouse gas emissions here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Since 1990, Dow has reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent, a more rapid reduction than required by Kyoto Protocol targets. Through its conservation and efficiency efforts, Dow has reduced its energy usage by 1,400 trillion BTUs since 1994, equal to the electricity used by California households for 16 months. These actions by Dow have resulted in preventing 70 million metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Johnson Controls is a diversified industrial company that provides innovative automotive interiors, offers products and services that optimize energy use and improve comfort and security for buildings, and provides batteries for automobiles and hybrid-electric vehicles, along with systems engineering and service expertise. The Milwaukee-based company has 140,000 employees in more than 1,300 locations serving customers in 125 countries.

Through its business practices, products and services, Johnson Controls demonstrates a commitment to sensible climate action. Johnson Controls’ guaranteed energy savings retrofit projects have saved their customers $1.5 billion in energy costs and 11.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions since January 2000. The company has also pledged to work with major cities around the world, through the Clinton Climate Initiative, to reduce emissions by improving energy efficiency in buildings.

"We're honored with this recognition of our climate action initiatives," said Steve Roell, chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls. "As partners with the other 43 members of the BELC and the Pew Center, we are committed to making the world more comfortable, safe, and sustainable by helping our customers around the world address global climate change."

The BELC was established by the Pew Center in 1998, and the Center is a leader in helping these and other major corporations integrate climate change into their business strategies. The BELC is comprised of mainly Fortune 500 companies representing a diverse group of industries including energy, automobiles, manufacturing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metals, mining, paper and forest products, consumer goods and appliances, telecommunications, and high technology. Individually and collectively, these companies are demonstrating that it is possible to take action to address climate change while maintaining competitive excellence, growth, and profitability. The BELC is the largest U.S.-based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change, with 44 companies representing over $2 trillion in combined revenue and nearly 4 million employees.

The other members of the BELC are: ABB; Air Products; Alcoa Inc.; American Electric Power; Bank of America; BASF; Baxter International Inc.; The Boeing Company; BP; California Portland Cement; CH2M HILL; Citi; Cummins Inc.; Deere & Company; Deutsche Telekom; DTE Energy; Duke Energy; DuPont; Entergy; Exelon; GE; Hewlett-Packard Company; Holcim (US) Inc.; IBM; Intel; Interface Inc.; Lockheed Martin; Marsh, Inc.; Novartis; Ontario Power Generation; PG&E Corporation; PNM Resources; Rio Tinto; Rohm and Haas; Royal Dutch/Shell; SC Johnson; Toyota; TransAlta; United Technologies; Weyerhaeuser; Whirlpool Corporation; and Wisconsin Energy Corporation.

For more information about global climate change and the activities of the Pew Center and the BELC, visit www.c2es.org.

 

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The Pew Center was established in May 1998 as a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Pew Center is led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.