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JLL take home Gold at the Mayor’s Business Energy Challenge awards

A programme which recognises how businesses are reducing carbon emissions

​London, 20th November 2014 – JLL received a Gold award at the Mayor’s Business Energy Challenge awards ceremony last night (19th November) at City Hall, London for its work on reducing carbon emissions across its London offices.

The new initiative set up by the Mayor of London is designed to encourage businesses to take action in reducing the carbon intensity of their London portfolios and highlight the positive work of businesses in driving emissions reductions. The initiative which is open to private sector businesses in London allows entrants to input their energy use data into an online tool which is then converted into carbon intensity per square metre. Businesses that make the greatest percentage reduction in their carbon intensity from year 2010-2013 are given a Bronze, Silver or Gold award in recognition for their efforts at the annual awards ceremony.

Commenting on the award win, Julie Hirigoyen, Head of Sustainability at JLL, said: “It is an honour to receive a Gold award under the Mayor’s Business Energy Challenge. This resonates strongly with our overall sustainability ambitions as a firm. JLL’s merger with King Sturge in 2011 allowed us to reduce our occupied office space in London. While the consolidation of our portfolio played a part in reducing our energy intensity since 2011, our drive on energy efficiency in our workplaces will also make a positive difference.”

Julie Hirigoyen, continues: “As part of JLL’s commitment to sustainability, we focus on the direct impacts arising from the 200 or so offices we occupy, and the 52,700 staff we employ worldwide. Our goal is to offset the absolute impact of growth – that is the energy and carbon impact of growing revenues, locations, and staff numbers – with improved efficiency measures. So in 2013, we set ourselves global targets to reduce both energy and GHG emissions per employee, and in that year alone, we achieved a 7 per cent decrease on the previous year. 66 per cent of our offices worldwide are now implementing energy and GHG reduction initiatives.”

Julie Hirigoyen, concludes: “In the UK workplace is a key focus area for our sustainability agenda. We’ve been rolling out ISO 14001 environmental management standards at our managed offices and achieving Ska ratings on our office fit outs. We’re also putting a lot of effort into the measurement and reporting of our day to day energy, water, waste and travel impacts and rolling out strategic energy reduction plans at our key locations. In fact, we’re rolling out a carbon visualisation programme across our larger offices to engage more with colleagues on the energy and carbon footprint of our offices. With all this in mind, we felt very strongly that the Mayor of London’s Business Energy Challenge was in line with our overall sustainability aspirations so it is a pleasure to receive recognition for our work.”