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Science-based targets help private sector fight climate change

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Man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have increased significantly since the Industrial Revolution. If this trend continues, global temperatures are expected to rise between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius by 2100. This change in temperature could unhinge the global climate and cost nearly $2 trillion annually in abatement efforts. In order to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change, we must slow down the release of GHG emissions and move towards a low-carbon economy.

ThinkstockPhotos-485873480While world governments have committed to this effort through the United Nations’ COP 21 Paris Climate Agreement, it is only part of the solution. It’s clear that the private sector will need to play a role in overcoming climate change challenges. As a thought leader in this area, JLL works with corporates to assist them in defining and reaching carbon-reduction and other Environmental, Social and Governance targets.

Carbon disclosure

The private sector has experienced increasing pressure to act on climate change. Corporate reporting and disclosures of GHG emissions have made great strides. In addition, companies are setting emissions reduction targets in an effort to mitigate climate change. However, companies often set targets arbitrarily without considering what is realistic and achievable. If we hope to hit global reduction targets, … Read More

What’s the connection between sustainability and safety?

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Did you know that June is National Safety Month? To bring attention and awareness to the importance of safety – at work, at home, in transit and beyond – JLL is holding Global Safety Week from June 20th-24th. Below, JLL’s Bob Best discusses the important – and often unseen – connection between sustainability and safety. 

There’s no question that safety is a crucial part of our everyday lives – whether we’re at the office, at home with our families, or even on vacation. But have you considered the role that safety should play in your sustainability strategy?

The answer may be simpler than you think. How about this? Safety equals sustainability.… Read More

GRESB is transforming sustainable real estate. Is your business up to the challenge?

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Is your business participating in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Assessment? If sustainability is important to you and your business, you should consider it. Below, JLL’s Tom Branczik explains the value that GRESB brings to the real estate industry and why you should participate.

The seventh annual GRESB Assessment was launched on April 1st.  As participating organisations embark on what can be a lengthy submission process, it’s timely to remind ourselves why GRESB should be taken seriously.

The answer, in part, lies in its name. The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark is unique in that it’s the only global sustainability standard to assess and compare real estate portfolios’ approaches to sustainability. More than 700 property companies and funds participated in the 2015 Assessment, representing $2.3 trillion in value and covering more than 61,000 assets in over 50 countries.… Read More

Build a stronger sustainability program: Takeaways from the Earth Hour movement

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Building a successful sustainability program is no simple task – requiring a well-thought-out strategy and dedicated resources. But creating your program is only part of the challenge – communicating your sustainability message and engaging your audience (including employees, clients, and shareholders, among others) are also integral parts of a successful sustainability program.

JLL’s Susannah West, Sustainability Director in South Asia, uses global grassroots movement Earth Hour as a case study in sustainability engagement and identifies four key takeaways that you can apply to your own sustainability program.  

How do you convince individuals that collectively they can make a difference? The answer might be simpler than you think – create a symbolic event that could become a movement. And so Earth Hour was born in 2007 as an event where residents of Sydney, Australia could raise awareness about the need for urgent action on global warming by turning off their lights for one hour.… Read More

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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