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JLL identifies seven trends set to impact on real estate, infrastructure and global cities

As part of its newly launched ‘Transforming Real Estate’ campaign

​To celebrate 20 years of providing market leading sustainability expertise, JLL UK has identified seven trends that will influence real estate, infrastructure and cities around the world over the next two decades.

The low carbon economy, tech innovation, demographic & workplace change, urbanisation, health & wellness, land & resource scarcity and transparency & social value will present the greatest challenges of our time according to the firm's findings.

Emma Hoskyn, Director, Upstream Sustainability Services, JLL UK, said: "We believe that the real estate sector will transform over the next two decades due to these major trends. For instance, by 2040 around 2.3 million households will be headed by a person older than 85 in the UK and solar and wind will account for 25% of power generation globally. As well as these, six million people will die each year from air pollution globally while 84% of the UK population will live in cities. In order to alleviate any long-term harmful effects on business, the environment and society, it is crucial that the real estate sector reacts to the trends today and seeks out opportunities to innovate, adapt and add value."

As part of JLL's 'Transforming Real Estate' campaign, the firm has developed an industry first timeline on its newly launched microsite, plotting the last two decades of sustainability history whilst also taking a forward look at the next 20 years.

Sophie Walker, Head of Sustainability, JLL UK, said: "Companies today already consider their societal and environmental responsibilities, and have made significant progress over the last 20 years. However, the challenges are so stark, and the opportunities so significant, that the real estate industry will need to be braver and bolder in its approach and in setting transformative sustainability ambitions. To help the industry achieve these ambitions, we wanted to provide a platform where it could gather views, opinions and information sourced from JLL's experts and industry leaders on a regular basis. This is why our microsite will be a useful tool for those wanting to future proof their business, as will the other collaborative events we are running. This campaign supports JLL's wider 'Building a Better Tomorrow' agenda, which aims to help and influence our industry, clients, staff and communities to make a positive impact."

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