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Why sustainability matters to the CEO

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Each year, the GreenBiz Forum brings leaders from the business community together to discuss key sustainability trends, strategies and best practices. JLL’s Dan Probst, Global Chairman of Energy and Sustainability, will attend the forum alongside Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO. Below, Dan discusses why sustainability is important to the C-Suite – as both a core value and as a strategic priority.

There’s no question that a well-designed sustainability strategy can bring significant value to an organization. But senior leaders and other executives must constantly juggle competing business priorities, choosing to dedicate time and resources to a few key programs at the expense of others. Why should sustainability top the C-Suite’s list of strategic priorities?

  • For firms like JLL, where sustainability services are a key component of our offering, sustainability is a business – we make money at it, and we save money for our clients.
  • More and more, clients – both investors and corporations in the real estate world – have established and publicly stated their sustainability objectives. As a result, they increasingly seek real estate solutions that can help them to achieve these objectives – whether through alternative energy services, smart building solutions, or other sustainable practices.

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The Paris Agreement: What does it mean for businesses and individuals?

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JLL’s Dan Probst and Sarah Nicholls joined world leaders and experts from the private and public sectors at the United Nations climate conference – known as COP21 – in Paris in December, and blogged about their experiences here. Below, Sarah Nicholls discusses the COP21 outcome – known as the Paris Agreement – and what it means for the real estate and professional services industries, and you as an individual.

The message from COP21 was clear. Achieving a climate change agreement was the first step:  the hard work begins now. This is particularly true for our clients and the wider real estate industry where significant opportunities exist.

What does the Paris Agreement mean for the real estate industry?COP21_Conference

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings account for “about 40% of global energy… and they emit approximately 1/3 of greenhouse gas emissions.” It is unsurprising then that more than half of the 158 carbon reduction plans submitted by UN members, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), include measures to cut energy use in buildings. The industry has a number of levers to deliver on these ambitions such as net-zero emissions buildings and value chains; renewable energy strategies; and energy efficiency retrofitting.… Read More

Sustainability Gets a Seat At the Table

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Guest contributor Mark Ohringer, JLL’s General Counsel, discusses the importance of corporate sustainability and social responsibility. 

When I attend external conferences, I am often asked by my peers about the size of our sustainability teams. To be sure, investing in a sustainability function through dedicated staff signals a company’s commitment to acting as a good corporate citizen, reducing environmental impacts and focusing on well-being and people. A comprehensive ethics program also reinforces… Read More

7 Steps to Energy Management

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Wayne Alldredge
Energy and Sustainability Services

I get asked frequently about energy management and how to implement a program. I thought I would recommend to you my 7 Steps in getting your energy management program going.

Step 1: Develop a clear and consistent Conservation Directive from top Executive Management – Delivering consistent, simple objectives for workers to follow helps ensure continued energy management… Read More