Embedding sustainability considerations across all of our service lines is a key priority for JLL, enabling us to offer differentiated and forward-thinking solutions to our clients.
This helps our clients to own, occupy, invest in and develop healthier and more productive places and cities that cost less. 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.
The United Nations Environmental Program estimates that buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s energy consumption and one-third of global 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.
Embedded sustainability advice
JLL’s 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 advice on how sustainability considerations can be embedded at each of these stages to maximize value for our clients. In 2016, our clients made use of our expertise to provide assistance on more than 13,700 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 2016, we assisted our clients in achieving a total of 138 green building certifications.
JLL recognizes that building the capacity of our employees 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 world-class advice to our clients – and this is true for sustainability as much as it is for other areas of our business. By the end of 2016, we had 1,659 professionals with sustainability accreditations – LEED and others – working in our teams around the world.
Sustainable buildings go beyond energy use, extending to the likes of sustainably sourced construction materials and the preservation of local habitats, delivering value across social, financial and environmental factors. This was evidenced by the 2016 report that JLL collaborated on with the World Green Building Council, “Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices.” The report found overwhelming evidence that the design of office space has a significant effect on the health, well-being and productivity of its occupants.
Energy and Sustainability Services
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, socio-economic impacts 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. As well as the clear environmental and societal benefits these activities deliver, they also yield significant operational and cost efficiencies. It is for these reasons that JLL invests substantial resources into continuing our development of world-class energy and sustainability solutions for our clients.
During 2016, we helped deliver estimated energy savings of 558 million kWh (282 metric tons of CO2), for our U.S. clients alone. This equates to an estimated cost savings of $59 million. This reduction in energy use is roughly equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of more than 29,700 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 U.K.-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 2016, JLL provided advice on renewable energy projects (either installed or had received planning consent) that are estimated to have averted more than 464,900 metric tons of CO2e. Additionally, if the renewable energy projects in the planning and feasibility stages we advised on last year achieve planning consent or successful development, there is the potential to avoid a further 2 million metric tons of CO2e. There has been nearly a 99% increase in the emissions averted through projects that have either been installed or received planning consent since 2015.
The 4.4 billion square feet of space that JLL manages globally for our clients gives us the opportunity to have a significant impact through industry-leading strategies, tools and technologies that significantly improve energy efficiency, societal impacts and costs.
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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 186,600 buildings included on these platforms.