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Johnson calls for more energy efficiency contracts across Europe

Johnson Controls vice-president says the time has come for increased adoption ‘if we care about the planet’

Johnson Controls is calling on European companies and the public sector to use energy performance contracts to increase the energy efficiency of buildings.

Speaking at the Paris Energy Efficiency Global Forum, Tom Lowery, the company’s vice president for Europe and Africa, said immediate action is required to cut the production of harmful greenhouse gases.

“If we care about our planet, we need to act now. Energy performance contracting is proven, but Europe – with the exception of a very few countries – is lagging behind.”

According to Johnson Controls, over the last 20 years, hundreds of contracts have been signed in North America, Germany, and Austria, with energy reduction obtained between 10-50 per cent of a site’s consumption.

Mr Lowery said research indicates that Europe is only eight years away from reaching a concentration of greenhouse gases that will cause an irreversible two degree Celsius increase in the earth’s temperature.

“Energy efficiency has never been more important,” he added.