Generating lasting value for our clients

Our work with clients presents the biggest opportunity for JLL to make a difference. The 4.0 billion square feet of space that JLL manages globally for our clients gives us the opportunity to develop industry-leading strategies, tools and technologies that significantly improve energy efficiency, societal impacts and costs.

JLL's sustainability professionals advise our clients on renewable energy projects, green building practices, energy management programs, and socio-economic impact assessments as a few examples. We are increasingly seeking to embed sustainability considerations across all of our service lines, offering differentiated and forward-thinking solutions to our clients. LaSalle Investment Management also plays a role by incorporating sustainability into the $56.4 billion of assets that it acquires and manages for clients. Integrating sustainability into the advice we give enables our clients to own, occupy, invest in and develop healthier and more productive places and cities that are less costly to operate.

Driving efficiencies for our clients
Estimates suggest that the built environment accounts for approximately 40 percent of the world’s energy consumption and one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. The greatest contribution JLL can make toward helping tackle this global challenge is through the advice and services we provide to clients, helping them to significantly reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

As well as the clear environmental benefits these activities deliver, they also yield significant operational and cost efficiencies. It is for these reasons that JLL puts substantial resources into continuing our development of world-class energy management strategies for our clients.

JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Services teams provide a range of services covering the construction, operation and maintenance of clients’ facilities as well as advice on occupier behavior and site location. We aim to deliver significant ongoing improvements to client portfolios through strategic solutions such as portfolio energy management and energy reduction programs.

During 2015, we helped deliver estimated energy savings for U.S. clients of 424 million kWh (247,000 metric tons of CO2e), equating to estimated cost savings of $47 million. This reduction in energy use is roughly equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of more than 26,000 homes.

 

Advising clients on renewable energy
We have substantial expertise in a wide range of renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic, wind and biomass. This proficiency drives our ability to design and action tailor-made energy solutions for our clients at all levels of their operations. JLL’s UK-based Energy and Infrastructure Advisory Group supports clients by identifying investment opportunities, raising capital, and providing significant financial and commercial know-how on every major renewable energy technology category.

In 2015, JLL advised on installed or consented renewable energy projects that are estimated to have averted more than 233,000 metric tons of CO2e. If the renewable energy projects we advised on last year achieve planning consent or successful development, there is the potential to avoid an estimated further more than 1.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions. There has been nearly a threefold increase in the emissions averted through projects that have either been installed or received planning consent since 2014.

Energy advice at LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management has a significant opportunity to embed sustainability best practice and “triple bottom line” thinking into the $56.4 billion of assets that it acquires and manages for clients. One of LaSalle’s five guiding principles is to reduce the environmental impact and to monitor the effects of climate change on clients’ properties. LaSalle participates in the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint), a worldwide alliance of real estate owners, investors, financial institutions and other industry stakeholders committed to reducing carbon emissions across the global property industry. In 2015, more than 300 assets were submitted to Greenprint for benchmarking and tracking.

LaSalle is committed to reducing energy consumption and has set targets for core funds where it has management control. LaSalle follows environmental, social and governance portfolio guidelines to complement its performance monitoring and to further integrate sustainability issues into internal investment decisions and with business partners.

Energy and sustainability accredited professionals
JLL recognizes that building the capacity of our staff provides benefits to the individual, the firm and to our clients. Having the right skills for the job is a vital part of being able to deliver worldclass advice to our clients—and this is true for sustainability as much as it is for other areas of our business. In 2013 we became one of the world’s top employers of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professionals and green associates. By the end of 2015, we had 1,706 professionals with sustainability accreditations—LEED and others—working in our teams around the world.

Leading the way through better performing buildings
JLL's operational expertise addresses the entire lifecycle of a building—from its design and planning of buildings through to construction, occupation, management, refurbishment and sale. Our professionals offer green building advice on how sustainability considerations can be embedded at each of these stages to maximize value for our clients. In 2015, our clients made use of our expertise to provide assistance on more than 11,400 buildings.

We have a strong record of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other building certifications for our clients, in some cases attaining certification levels beyond our clients’ original aspirations. In 2015, we assisted our clients in achieving a total of 121 green building certifications.

The opportunities that green buildings present go beyond energy use, sustainably sourced construction materials and the preservation of local habitats. Green buildings deliver value across the social, financial and environmental components of the triple bottom line. This was evidenced by the 2014 report that JLL co-authored with the World Green Building Council, which found overwhelming evidence that the design of office space has a significant effect on the health, well-being and productivity of its occupants.

Making the best use of technology
JLL’s commitment to technological innovation extends to our sustainability service offering for our clients. We have developed a number of in-house technology platforms to help us deliver our clients’ sustainability objectives. Our OneView Energy and Sustainability Analytics (OVESA) platform is used to manage the ever-increasing volumes of complex sustainability data on behalf of our clients. This system, along with our other platforms such as the Portfolio Energy and Environment Reporting System (PEERS) and the Energy and Sustainability Platform (ESP), reflects our commitment to investing in digital, data and information management platforms. By deploying flexible technology solutions we are able to measure, manage and improve environmental impacts for more than 178,900 buildings included on these platforms.

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