Category Archives: Global Sustainability Perspective

Waste not: big business sustainability efforts

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Waste will now be addressed more comprehensively in LEED certification systems, a significant step for zero waste initiatives. With this announcement by the Green Business Certification, Inc. it is clear that waste reduction is now being looked at far more strategically than in the past.

Positive environmental outcomes and the potential for large cost savings has Fortune 100 board rooms buzzing about the benefits of a zero waste strategy. However, talking about a strategy and… Read More

Where are markets lagging behind in sustainability transparency?

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JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index analyses sustainability transparency in real estate for 37 markets across the globe. The index identifies those markets that are leading the charge for sustainability, as well as those markets that are lagging behind, based on analysis of seven environmental sustainability indicators. Read on to learn where the greatest opportunities to improve sustainability transparency lie.

The 2016 Sustainability Transparency Index suggests that minimum energy efficiency standards and green building certification programs continue to be the most widespread environmental transparency instruments. But where are the biggest gaps – and areas for improvement?

Financial indicators remain few and far between

Sustainability transparencyOf the 37 markets analysed, only four countries – France, Canada, New Zealand and Australia – have established financial performance indicators for green buildings.

As a result, there is a considerable gap for most major real estate markets to assess the relative performance of more environmentally-friendly real estate assets. Calculating performance of sustainably-designed and operated assets, for example, is practically impossible without a framework to establish appropriate financial benchmarks and performance targets.… Read More

Adding up the sustainability transparency equation

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JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index analyses sustainability transparency in real estate for 37 markets across the globe. The index identifies those markets that are leading the charge for sustainability, as well as those markets that are lagging behind, based on analysis of seven environmental sustainability indicators.

The 2016 Sustainability Transparency Index reveals slow – yet steady – progress as sustainability considerations grow in importance across the globe. The Index, which measures transparency based on a 5-point scale (with country scores towards 1 qualified as “highly transparent” and scores towards 5 as “opaque”) for seven different indicators, shows steady improvement over recent years.

 

 

But the obvious question remains – what environmental sustainability factors indicate whether a market is opaque or transparent?Read More

Where does your market stack-up for sustainability transparency?

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JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index charts the evolution of real estate transparency in more than 100 markets across the globe. The Index compares data availability, governance, transaction processes, property rights, and the regulatory/legal environment to reveal which countries provide the most favorable operating environments for investors, developers and corporate occupiers. Sustainability transparency, analysed for 37 markets, is a separate module and looks at seven environmental sustainability tools.

The results are in: JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index calls out the markets that are both leading the pack and lagging behind when it comes to sustainability considerations. Take a look at the graphic below to learn more about where your country falls:

JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index

France was the top sustainability player in 2016, largely as a result of legislation – targeting specific companies and industries and consistently rolled-out – designed to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy:… Read More

Unlock value with demand side response energy management

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Did you know that cost savings and sustainability initiatives often go hand-in-hand? Below, JLL’s Usama Sapru explores the benefits that demand side response energy management can bring to your business – impacting both the bottom line and helping you to achieve your sustainability objectives in the process.

It’s no secret that today’s building owners, occupiers and managers are under pressure to keep operating costs low – but they’re also tasked with achieving increasingly aggressive sustainability objectives.

The good news? Striking a balance between the bottom line and social responsibility is possible – and in some cases, even profitable. When it comes to energy management, adopting a Demand Side Response (DSR) policy provides one such opportunity.

What is Demand Side Response?Demand side response energy management

In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates that electricity demand in the region will double by 2050. At the same time, there is a growing need to source cleaner electricity – especially given that conventional power stations are highly polluting and expensive to run (yet still required to meet peak demand and avoid blackouts).

Consequently, the National Grid System (NGS) is continuously changing the electricity supply to balance consumer demand and total generation requirements.… Read More