Technology Record - Issue 26: Autumn 2022

106 V I EWPO I NT Businesses should consider taking eight key steps in their journey towards reducing their environmental impact MAR K R E I NBOL D : J OHNSON CONT ROL S Accelerating the pace to net zero According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the building sector is responsible for around 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As such, it is unsurprising that organisations are heeding the call for sustainable infrastructure and the benefits it brings. Net-zero buildings will not only help organisations to achieve net-zero GHG by 2050, but they will also drive a host of critical business outcomes, including reduced overhead costs; accelerated digitalisation; enhanced customer, investor and employee engagement; healthier communities; improved comfort; and government compliance. Organisations shouldn’t have to wait to reap these competitive advantages, so what can they do to fast-track their journey? Through innovative funding methods and strategic partnerships, facility leaders around the world can take the plunge and win the race to net zero while retaining valuable capital that can be redirected elsewhere. According to Forrester Research, the business benefits of investing in sustainability are immense, and they’re exponentially advantageous for the most sustainably engaged companies. At the same time, because scaled sustainability is a relatively new concept, most organisations have room to grow in navigating the complexities of measuring and reporting their progress. Having the right leadership, technology and external partners will be key to maturing their sustainability practices. It is important to select the right external partner, though – one that has a proven track record, blueprints of and benchmarks for delivering this in an organisation’s specific built environment and industry. This partner must be able to leverage the latest digital innovations that unify data silos, while ensuring cybersecurity and delivering advanced artificial intelligence (AI). A partner like this – such as Johnson Controls – should provide endto-end support, from design to digitalisation to delivery. No matter where a business is on its journey, our eight-step path provides guaranteed outcomes and risk management models to achieve emissions reduction commitments. The plan is a proven formula for setting companies on the path to net zero. The eight steps comprise: 1. Goal setting and advisory services: GHG inventory baseline, cultural and organisationwide goal and incentive alignment, financial assessment and potential funding solutions 2. Safe, secure and healthy implementations: indoor air quality and ventilation solutions, life safety, building and cybersecurity technologies, building code compliance “Organisations are heeding the call for sustainable infrastructure and the benefits it brings”