Johnson Controls: Smart solutions to decarbonize buildings

Race to Zero member, Johnson Controls, a global leader in smart, healthy, sustainable buildings shares how climate action is not only good for the environment but also cuts costs and provides jobs at the same time. By The Climate Pledge & TED Countdown | January 26, 2023


Almost 90 percent of our lives take place indoors—and the buildings we spend most of that time in emit about 40% of global greenhouse gases. Rethinking how to share, occupy and run the spaces we inhabit, chief sustainability officer at Johnson Controls, Katie McGinty, walks us through smart, efficient and eco-friendly ways to decarbonize buildings—and the compounding benefits of doing so.

In The Green: The Business of Climate Action showcases steps Climate Pledge signatories are taking to transform business and industry on their path to net zero by 2040—or sooner!—while inspiring companies from all sectors and regions to set their own net zero ambition.

This is the first episode of a videos series collaboration between Race to Zero partner, The Climate Pledge and TED Countdown.

TED Countdown is a global initiative powered by TED and Future Stewards to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Countdown combines TED’s signature blend of actionable and research-backed ideas, cutting-edge science, and moments of wonder and inspiration to mobilize millions to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world. 

Built Environment

Future Forward: The Future of Buildings

With the growth of urban areas and surging demand for concrete — its key ingredient, cement, is responsible for an estimated 7% of carbon emissions. This film, part of the Future Forward documentary series with The Climate Pledge, explores how CarbonCure aims to turn this concrete challenge into a climate solution.