Advanced technology helps protect Earth
But, thanks to Johnson Controls, maybe they should.
The world leader in lead-acid battery production and recycling, Johnson Controls long ago recognized the environmental and business benefits of automotive battery efficiency and environmental safety. And that has resulted in a worldwide program and effort to manufacture and distribute battery products that are every bit as Earth-friendly as they are reliable.
A benchmark of that overall effort is Johnson Controls’ PowerFrame™ grid technology. This product, used for making the positive metal grids embodied in automotive batteries, reduces pollutant emissions, consumes less energy than other similar processes, improves the quality and performance of automotive batteries and improves plant safety.
The PowerFrame grid technology process is used at all Johnson Controls manufacturing sites in the United States and is being implemented at the company’s battery production facilities in Mexico and Europe.
PowerFrame has earned external recognition. Most notably, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Johnson Controls for its ongoing efforts to protect the environment, especially air quality. In particular, the EPA cited Johnson Controls for its PowerFrame technology and its environmental significance.
The company’s commitment to environment-friendly batteries isn’t limited to PowerFrame. Some examples include:
- Johnson Controls is the leading independent provider of hybrid battery systems that make vehicles more energy efficient. Johnson Controls sold 400,000 advanced batteries for start-stop microhybrids in Europe in 2007, achieving 5 percent to 8 percent fuel savings per vehicle. Sales are expected to grow to 800,000 units in 2008. In the first year alone the vehicles using our battery will collectively emit 130,000 less metric tons of carbon dioxide.
- Development of sustainable distribution systems in Mexico, such as its LTH Distributors Network, where nearly 100 percent of automotive batteries are returned and recycled.
- Johnson Controls led a tour of Chinese officials to world-class smelters in Europe and North America in 2007, including a stop at the company’s smelter in Monterrey, Mexico. The tour was part of the company’s partnership with the Chinese National Government to sponsor a study that will eventually help China adopt a better closed-loop recycling system. The effort will substantially reduce pollution and related health risks.
- Participation in a 2007 EPA workshop sponsored by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the U.S./Mexico Border 2012 Program. Vice President of Global Operations for Johnson Controls Jorge Guillen discussed the company’s best practices in closed-loop battery recycling.