JLL – Responsible Business Champion: Environment

JLL’s Net Zero Carbon Commitment.

The UPS Environmental Sustainability Award

JLL’s Net Zero Carbon Commitment aims for net zero carbon workplaces by 2030 and integrates sustainability across business areas – contributing to limiting global warming to 1.5°C. JLL is leading by example, encouraging other firms to do the same.

Setting and integrating our net zero carbon commitment has been galvanising for every corner of the organisation – it’s become something that we expect, and value, in all of our work

Chris Ireland, UK CEO

Environmental impacts

JLL has:

  • helped more than 4,000 clients and many thousands of buildings across the UK making them net zero carbon
  • through its commitment in the sector to deliver net zero carbon buildings, and ultimately by helping its clients develop better buildings, the company is enhancing quality of life within the built environment
  • JLL has reduced its own energy use by 30%, averted approximately 1,300 tonnes of carbon and achieved sustainability certification for 75% of its offices
  • 90% of JLL’s offices are powered with renewable energy and the company is set to hit 100% by the end of 2020
  • In 2019, 30% of the 4,250 buildings JLL manage for its investor clients were powered by renewable energy generated by wind, sun or water
  • JLL focus on its biggest buildings, whilst ensuring all the smaller assets are on a “standard renewables” contract
  • In 2019, the company’s energy reduction services via its sustainability consultancy, reduced energy use by 350MWh saving clients over £3.5 million
  • at the infrastructure scale, its planning team advised on 1 gigawatt of new renewable capacity to the national grid – this will avert over 680,000 tonnes of CO2.

Business impacts

  • JLL’s Upstream consultancy grew 20% in the last year, and its overall sustainability capabilities support over 23% of its UK revenue, growing by an astonishing 2000% in six years.

“At JLL UK, we want to be a catalyst for change for our clients, positioning ourselves as an established source of advice towards reaching a net zero carbon economy. With the Government’s 2050 target 20 years after our own, we can lead by example and demonstrate the impact and importance of this commitment, encouraging others to do the same. While this is absolutely a business priority, already leading to new opportunities and commercial advantages, it’s also a personal one. Ultimately, responding to climate change with urgent action is the greatest and most important challenge of our lifetime, so I’m hugely proud that JLL is leading the way in our sector. Setting and integrating our net zero carbon commitment has been galvanising for every corner of the organisation – it’s become something that we expect, and value, in all of our work.” Chris Ireland, UK CEO, JLL.

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