Category Archives: Asia Pacific

Islands: on the front line of climate change

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Covering more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, oceans have an intrinsic relationship with weather and climate. Oceans absorb heat from the atmosphere producing winds, currents and storms that bring fresh water to land. Our oceans’ immense capacity to absorb excess heat has helped to mitigate rising global temperatures. But scientific studies show that our oceans are at a tipping point. We are seeing the impacts of global warming on oceans, from rising temperatures and acidity to increasing intensity of storms and flooding. And populations whose survival is dependent on the ocean, such as islands and coastal regions, are experiencing the worst effects of climate change.

Palauan islands are experiencing erosion attributed to mollosks eating away the limestone and the continual push from the tectonic plates beneath. The local community is amazed at the height of the tides and very strongly believe this is a result of climate change.

Palauan islands are experiencing erosion and increased soil salinity attributed to rising sea levels. The local community is amazed at the height of the tides and very strongly believe this is a result of climate change.

Lisa Hinde, Sustainability Manager in JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Services, recently visited the remote island nation of Palau located in the Western Pacific Ocean where climate change has become a daily threat to the country’s survival. As a participant of the Island Innovation Program, Hinde witnessed first-hand the magnitude of the challenge and how governments and businesses are working together to help.

“I see islands like Palau as the ‘canary in the mine’ of global climate change. The effects they feel, being low-lying and prone to tropical storms, show stressors sooner than other places in the world,” Hinde said.… Read More

4 things you need to know about solar battery storage

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Simone Concha, JLL’s Director of Sustainability – Australia, discusses the concept of solar battery storage and what it means for your business. To learn more about the benefits that solar battery storage can bring to your organization, contact JLL’s Alternative Energy Services team.    

What is a solar battery?

Solar battery storage is a way of saving the energy generated by solar panels, to be used at a time when the sun is not shining. It’s more significant than you may think: while traditional solar power is considered “variable” – because it is affected by weather, time of day, and other factors – solar battery storage offers a consistent, reliable alternative.

As a result, solar battery storage has the potential to drive down the cost of renewable electricity and increase the uptake of electric cars – both of which are important milestones in the transition to a low carbon economy.… Read More

Every Breath We Take: Transforming the Indoor Health of China’s Office Space

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This article, written by JLL’s Linda Yu, was originally published on JLL’s Asia Pacific Research Blog. To access the original article, please click here. 

In the modern business world, people are spending more time indoors than outdoors. Outside, meanwhile, the pollution in China is a serious problem. The country’s bad air remains at the forefront of public health concerns and is a focal point of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) which reaffirms… Read More

Breaking into Energy and Sustainability Services

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Brian Delsandro
Energy and Sustainability Services

Joining the ESS team as a dedicated Marketing Specialist has given me the unique opportunity to be involved in the launch of the first tool designed and created specifically for use by the regional ESS team, the Energy and Sustainability Platform (ESP). This project represents my first involvement in a major regional campaign, and… Read More

Sustainability and Growth in China

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Parker White
Energy and Sustainability Services, Asia Pacific

Can environmental sustainability be consistent with dynamic economic growth? China seems to be out to prove that it can.

For a long time, it seemed that environmental concerns were not on China’s radar screen. This issue received considerable media attention in the lead-up to the 2008 Olympics.  At the time, China was only… Read More