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Voluntary carbon reporting: Why bother?

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There are five main platforms to report carbon. Which one is right for your organization?

The geopolitical and economic fall-out of climate change is prompting the world’s largest investors to decarbonize their portfolios. To do this, they need to know how the companies they invest in are addressing climate change risks.

Reporting quantitative data on sustainability and carbon emissions can be challenging for a complex organization. The fact that many companies do it voluntarily is because this data is becoming increasingly more important to remain attractive to investors who must protect their portfolios against environmental risks.

The trend of voluntary disclosure has resulted in a proliferation of carbon reporting platforms, including the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the Global Reporting Index, GRESB, GreenPrint and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

These carbon reporting platforms vary in focus, so it’s important to choose the right one for your organization. Some address a broad range of corporate social responsibility issues and business operations; others focus more narrowly on just carbon emissions or the environment; while yet others focus on specific sectors, such as the buildings sector.… Read More

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