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Confirming our climate change position after COP23

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The climate change battle has elicited a wide range of reactions by companies and individuals engaged in climate mitigation and sustainability measures. While some are showing fatigue after many years of uphill struggle, others have stepped up their engagement in order to fill the gap some national governments and institutions have left behind.

JLL is part of the latter group that is committed to finding solutions to this imperative global challenge. JLL recently signed the We Are Still In declaration, a U.S. climate action movement launched in June 2017. The declaration’s more than 2,500 signatories, including U.S. business leaders, governors, mayors and NGOs, represent the nation’s enduring promise to uphold the Paris Agreement despite the federal government’s withdraw from the accord earlier this year.

In October 2017, JLL published its own Climate Change Position Statement in the run-up to the COP23 global climate summit. The United Nations Environment Program estimates that buildings are responsible for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. JLL’s Climate Change Position Statement acknowledges that the real estate industry has a responsibility to reduce global emissions by helping our clients, employees, workplaces and communities mitigate and adapt to climate change and significantly reduce their energy consumption. This position closely aligns with JLL’s sustainability leadership agenda, Building a Better Tomorrow, which … Read More

Outcomes of COP23 Global Climate Summit

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Against a backdrop of newly rising greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, the world’s nations met in Bonn, Germany in November for the 23rd annual “conference of parties” (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

After the landmark Paris Climate Agreement two years ago, this year’s summit agenda focused on process-oriented negotiation points. The Agreement’s signatories now need to define how to implement the target of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.

These detailed processes will be written down in the so-called Rulebook, an operational handbook that defines technical and administrative tasks. Examples include how countries set and transparently report on their carbon reduction pledges and how they track their climate adaptation efforts.

In contrast to some of the previous summits, preparatory work in the run-up to the Bonn conference had not yielded more than a few “informal notes” that served as starting points for the negotiations. In the end, however, there have been some achievements:… Read More

Live from COP21: Ask More of Business for a Sustainable Future

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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 – this past week in Paris. To learn more about their experience at COP21, please click here

Stuart Thomson Gulliver, CEO HSBC, at the UN Caring for Climate event

It’s post-COP21 for JLL and I am exhausted. It’s the good kind, though. It’s the “there were so many inspiring ideas and stimulating conversations” kind of exhaustion. It’s the “I want to start making things happen yesterday” kind of exhaustion. And even better is that my exhaustion comes from momentum. From positivity. From leaders – big leaders (such as HSBC CEO Stuart Thomson Gulliver, shown at right) – who get it.

The ‘it’ here is climate change, and as Dan summarized yesterday, these big leaders speak about climate change in terms of business value, economic opportunity and innovation. They also speak about it as a way to stay competitive. And heck, as a way to exist in the long term as a business.… Read More

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

Live from COP21: The Power of People and Supply Chain

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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.

IMG_3540I woke up today even more excited for Day 2. If you haven’t read Dan’s Day 1 recap yet, I encourage you to catch up with us. COP21 is filled with lots of energy and fun, too – it’s great to see us business folk, all suited up, pedal a bike to make our own smoothies or charge our iPhones.

Dan and I started our day at the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF). By lunchtime we’d taken in so much great information to share. We had an interesting morning session with the businessmen and aviators of Solar Impulse. With pilot jackets in tow, they explained how they were repeatedly told that a solar-powered flight around the world was impossible. Solar Impulse prevailed by going about the solution in a different way. Sounds familiar, right? Most want change, but don’t want to change.… Read More