We are going beyond zero
World Green Building Week | 25th - 29th September
Did you know that buildings account for over a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? This is a key contributor to climate change. We can change that by going net zero. Net zero buildings are highly energy-efficient buildings which generate or supply the energy they need to operate from renewable sources to achieve net zero carbon emissions. They are helping us win the fight against climate change. That makes them heroes. Let’s make all buildings net zero by 2050.
This year, we are Transforming Real Estate by looking at how the sustainability agenda will continue to shape the industry in the next 20 years. For example, we are going “beyond zero” to help a few clients become “Net Positive”. Net Positive is an approach that means giving back more than is used because ‘doing less harm’ isn’t enough anymore. Businesses now need to have a positive impact on the world.
We have gathered a few case studies from our clients and our own operations to show how buildings can change the world. As a Gold Leaf member of the UK Green Building Council, we are proud to support World Green Building Week (25th Sep – 1st Oct).
Energy Systems Catapult is the innovation hub set up by the UK Government to help the UK navigate the transformation of our energy system and to unlock new commercial opportunities for UK plc. One of the hardest challenges is how to integrate a new low carbon, decentralised energy system into our existing built environment.
JLL helps with this, and has worked with Greater Manchester to influence a city-wide energy plan that can be enacted by ten local authorities. This new framework will help Manchester deliver carbon targets up to 2035, related to homes, jobs and infrastructure.
A number of high energy consuming assets in LaSalle’s portfolio flagged a need to reduce costs. By putting 50 assets through JLL’s Energy Reduction Programme, the property and facilities management team were able to deliver great results. They reduced energy consumption by 15% which far surpassed the 3% target. This resulted in £950,000 in savings, meaning the cost of the programme was recovered within 1 year.
Hammerson aims to create “Positive Places” - retail destinations that deliver net positive impacts. Hammerson commissioned JLL to develop a set of net positive ambitions which it launched publicly in March 2017. We created a clear roadmap for Hammerson to achieve Net Positive by 2030 in carbon, resource use, water and socio-economic impacts. We did this by completing a materiality review, initial business case, boundaries & decision tree, portfolio-wide impact assessments and developing a long-term plan focusing on five year phases.
In 2016, we transformed the workplace for our Bristol business and achieved RICS Ska Silver. We relocated the business to a new space that has modernised working practices, improved energy efficiency, and created a healthy and collaborative environment. With six different types of working space, including a café, staff can chose from 90 hot desks and clients are welcome too.
The building boasts natural ventilation, access to a large out-door terrace and a central atrium, meaning natural light and fresh air rates are high and the office enjoys great views. The extensive refurbishment and the JLL-led sustainable design and build of the office space will contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of our operations in the UK.
Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the MENA. Their aim is to create “Great Moments for Everyone, Everyday”. They recognise that climate change and water scarcity is impacting their ability to deliver on this mission. They therefore have committed to become Net Positive in carbon and water by 2040.
JLL was commissioned to create a net positive implementation plan. We did this by creating a roadmap, governance structure, training programme and engaging communications, while establishing baselines in carbon and water. By doing this, we were able to challenge them to think beyond their boundaries by creating a lasting positive impact.
A large international finances services company launched a major global initiative to reduce energy, water and waste. They asked JLL to help develop a multi-faceted formal program. By creating country level targets, building a tracking tool that modelled the lifecycle of an energy conservation measure and developing effective management systems and communications, they were able to beat their 2016 target of 33.4million kWh per year. This is 3% of the bank’s energy consumption; equivalent to US$4.5 million in savings.
Transforming energy systems | Energy Systems Catapult
Reducing costs and maximising income | LaSalle Investment Management
Going “beyond zero” to becoming Net Positive | Hammerson
Modernising working practices | JLL Head Office
Going “beyond zero” to becoming Net Positive | Majid Al Futtaim
Beating energy targets | International financial services organisation
"My ambition for JLL is that we continue to play a leadership role in transforming the UK property sector and in supporting the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy. Every day JLL gives advice to thousands of people about thousands of buildings. This gives us a unique perspective in the industry and an equally unique influence. I want us to really take advantage of this by helping our clients genuinely evaluate how we make buildings healthier, better connected with our communities and restorative to the natural environment."
Sophie Walker, Head of Sustainability UK
Net positive thinking in property