OpenBlue Net Zero Advisor Buildings Software Helps Manage Carbon Footprint

New Buildings Software To Help Manage Carbon Footprint - Carbon Herald
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Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) – an American-Irish multinational corporation a leader in buildings development, announced its tool  – Johnson Controls OpenBlue Net Zero Advisor, which helps developers manage the carbon footprint of buildings, providing carbon impact assessment, target setting, emissions management, and tracking.

The platform utilizes digitally automated data collection and analytics to manage and track scope 1 and 2 emissions and assists building owners in reporting for certification and compliance frameworks. 

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The tool would aim to help organizations manage single-building emissions targets, aggregate global building data to optimize buildings, and report on enterprise-wide climate targets.

The OpenBlue Net Zero Advisor automatically extracts data from monthly utility bills, on-site renewable energy sources, and local emissions factors, including the local power grid contribution and based on that, calculates scope 1 and 2 emissions. It can also factor in credits and carbon offsets, and calculate total net emissions for each building site. 

It aggregates and analyzes data across a global portfolio of buildings, so it can also provide carbon footprint transparency at an enterprise-wide level. Some other functionalities include allowing owners to assign measurable targets for energy, energy use intensity, emissions, and emissions intensity for each building, and then manage and summarize climate progress for the entire portfolio.

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Suitable for individual buildings or for a global portfolio, the tool provides clarity that enables building owners to set and manage long-term emissions and energy plans, which can align with national building standards, global building certification standards, and also science-based targets and other emissions reduction commitments. 

According to the “Fit for 55” European legislation, all new buildings constructed within the EU must be zero-emission buildings by 2030 and new “public” buildings must be zero-emission by 2027. Additionally, there will be major renovations across core European existing properties.

The proposed EU targets are set in place as it has been reported that the energy consumption of buildings needs to fall by 14%, and associated carbon emissions by 60%, to meet Europe’s 2030 climate target. Johnson Controls’ Net Zero Advisor would aim to help regulators and the industry in achieving green climate objectives.

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