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Johnson Controls Named as Microsoft Global Sustainability Changemaker and US IoT Partner of the Year

Johnson Controls has been named Global Sustainability Changemaker and as U.S. IoT Partner of the Year at the 2022 Microsoft Awards.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based applications, services and devices during the past year. Awards were classified in various categories, with honourees chosen from a set of more than 3,900 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide.

Johnson Controls’ selection for the sustainability award acknowledges the significant impact of its OpenBlue Enterprise Manager platform on improving ESG scores for building operators and in enabling data-driven decision-making by customers. The IoT Partner award also recognises Johnson Controls for its OpenBlue platform which collects and primes data from IoT-connected devices inside buildings including HVAC, security and fire controls. It then uses machine learning, at the edge and in the cloud, to deliver insights enabling building owners and operators to drive exceptional efficiency, occupant comfort and safety outcomes.

“Buildings account for almost 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, representing a major opportunity to drive greater sustainability and have a positive impact on climate change,” explains George Oliver, chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls. “With our unmatched, comprehensive suite of solutions that solve unique challenges, we are honoured to be recognised as Microsoft’s 2022 Sustainability Changemaker for our leading OpenBlue digital platform. It is a powerful tool in enabling our customers’ transition to a sustainable, lower-carbon world, and reinforces our position as the leading digital solutions provider in the industry.”

Vijay Sankaran, Johnson Controls vice president and chief technology officer, adds: “Optimising a building’s systems requires the retrieval of quality data from a number of different sources – analog, digital and physical – often in real time, which can require a comprehensive IoT deployment. Microsoft has recognised our work in this field as much of the data being harvested by the IoT systems we’re deploying for customers is channeled into AI engines running on Microsoft Azure.”

In addition to being named Sustainability Changemaker and U.S. IoT Partner of the Year in 2022, Johnson Controls was also named a finalist in two additional Partner of the Year categories – U.S. Education and global Independent Software Vendor (ISV), Business Excellence.

Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Global Partner Solutions at Microsoft, says: “I am honoured to announce the winners and finalists of the 2022 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards.

“These partners were outstanding among the exceptional pool of nominees, and I’m continuously impressed by their innovative use of Microsoft Cloud technologies and the impact for their customers.”

Among the earliest industrial companies to report carbon emissions and pledge emission reductions, Johnson Controls continues to make tremendous progress – committing to achieving net zero Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2040 – ten years ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement goal. By 2030, the company aims to cut its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 55 per cent and Scope 3 emissions by 16 per cent. These ambitious 2030 emissions reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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