Category Archives: China

China’s renewable energy investment: it’s good for global business

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China kicked off 2017 by announcing that it will invest more than $360 billion over the next four years on renewable power sources like solar and wind energy. It’s an ambitious commitment, but not a surprising one, as China is the world’s leading investor in renewables. The announcement, which estimates the creation of 13 million new jobs in the renewable energy sector, comes at a pivotal time as China’s cities have been plagued by dangerous and persistent smog and pollution, brought on by decades of reliance on fossil fuels.

It’s a massive investment for China, both environmentally and economically, but also for the rest of the world and the global economy, according to Steve Yatsko, Vice President with JLL’s Alternative Energy, who says green, clean energy just makes good business sense.

“There’s no longer a question of global warming,” Yatsko said. “Climate change is real and of course we want to take care of the planet. But taking care of the planet is truly an economic decision now — and economics point to renewables.”

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Live from COP21: Climate Change and the Future of Clean Energy Technology

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JLL’s Dan Probst and Sarah Nicholls are joining world leaders and experts from the private and public sectors at the United Nations climate conference – known as COP21 – in Paris. Check back daily for Dan and Sarah’s live updates throughout the conference.

Greetings from Day 3 at COP21. Overall, optimism remains high that history is being made as countries from around the world move closer to a global agreement. I continue to be amazed at the level of business participation at these events and the number of corporate CEOs (many of them our clients) who are actively participating. It’s fun to hear a CEO talk about the value of converting to LED lighting.… 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 the government’s deep… Read More

The U.S. is Getting Wasted

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

We Americans love to throw stuff away. But one man’s trash is another man’s gold. Or, in this case, another country’s gold.

Global transactions for waste, that is countries selling their waste to other countries to be recovered and turned into profit, is a $443 billion per year industry.

When those giant shipping containers arrive here from China, filled with such… Read More

Intensive Incentives for Green Building in China

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Thomas Meng
Sustainability, Jones Lang LaSalle, Greater China

In April 2012, The Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) jointly released a document entitled, “Implementation of Opinions on Accelerating Promotion of Green Building Development,” which is the first time that the Chinese government has set green building goals. Their target is to have certified green building… Read More

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