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The Jones Lang LaSalle Green Blog has moved

November 1, 2010

We have moved the Jones Lang LaSalle Green Blog to a new home. Please visit

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Integrating sustainability into business practices

October 29, 2010

Posted by:
Tom Ansell
Development and Asset Strategy, UK

Real estate executives worldwide increasingly understand the importance of sustainable and green issues in our industry.  The establishment of sustainability departments in large property consultancies has gained traction since 2005.   Jones Lang LaSalle took a strong position with its acquisition of Upstream, the UK’s leading sustainability consultancy, in 2007, and ECD, a recognized Canadian firm, in 2008. Other companies have taken a more organic route, but the ongoing challenge remains the same: how to fully  integrate the growing body of energy and sustainability expertise in these teams into the wider firm..  As knowledge and skill sets expand within the core group of sustainability professionals, consistent and clear communication with the larger company is needed to ensure leading-edge client service delivery—not to mention the extra fee opportunity.

A new report by Maira Petrini and Marlei Pozzebon in the Brazilian Administrative Review offers an insight and a direction but does not offer a practical path. Entitled  “Integrating Sustainability into Business Practices: Learning from Brazilian Firms,” the report can be summarised by the Corporate View, Organisational Structure and Organisational Mechanisms which are all interlinked and considered fundamental to the process of sustainability integration in to firms.

Sustainability strategies allow firms to reduce costs and/or make money.  There is potential in almost every department to be able to enhance and broaden client service through integrating sustainability.  These benefits will only be established through a greater understanding of the sustainability issues, mechanisms and legislation, the functions of the departments and the clients needs and targets.

 

The UK supports green investment plans

October 28, 2010

Posted by:
Julie Hirigoyen
Energy and Sustainability Services, UK

The nation’s mounting X Factor fever is nothing compared to what the UK’s ‘green’ community was feeling as we waited for last week’s Comprehensive Spending Review. George Osborne’s performance would probably not have won over Simon Cowell but there were some welcome surprises in the Chancellor’s plans. Defying all predictions that the worst of the cuts would be turned against green investment plans, environmental spend was carefully positioned as underpinning the “growth” principle – or as our Prime Minister coined it to the CBI yesterday, the “new economic dynamism”.

Obsorne announced a number of measures in support of the transition to a low-carbon economy:

–  £1bn towards a world leading carbon capture and storage facility.
–  Over £200 million directly invested in renewable technologies such as wind farms.
–  £860 million of new finance to support the renewable heat incentive.
–  No reduction in Feed-in Tariffs although some refocusing on the most cost effective carbon abatement technologies.
–  Further support for the take up of low carbon vehicles and better quality high speed transport links.
–  The “Green Deal” to enable households to improve their energy efficiency at no upfront cost, repaying loans through energy bill savings.
–  The much anticipated Green Investment Bank also made it past the Treasury cuts, albeit with limited teeth to begin with.

Last but not least in the Chancellor’s repertoire was the alleged simplification of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme by removing the recycling payment back to participants. The policy instrument now looks more like a straight tax on carbon, with initial payments being deferred twelve months until Spring/Summer 2012. While the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Environment Agency are busily trying to figure out the precise implications of the announcements, it’s clear that real estate owners will be subject to higher financial burdens for their carbon liabilities and further incentivised to reduce their energy consumption.

So, no standing ovation from the green community, but certainly a performance that will get the Chancellor into the next round.

Check out the latest Global Sustainability Perspective.

Cancun, Carbon and Cash

October 28, 2010

Dan Probst - Jones Lang LaSallePosted by
Dan Probst
Energy and Sustainability, U.S.

The Cancun Climate Summit is scheduled to start on November 29, and Jones Lang LaSalle has just signed the Cancun Communiqué, which sets out the case for action on climate change. Not much is expected to happen at this “last-chance” summit before the first commitment period for the Kyoto Protocols ends in 2012. The U.S. and China, the world’s largest carbon producers, have not been able to agree on ways to measure, monitor and verify emissions, and are unlikely to sign onto the Protocols before the commitment period expires.

You can read more about the goals and challenges of Cancun, as well as an overview of where various countries stand on carbon efficiency and other sustainability indicators, in the newest installment of, Global Sustainability Perspectives, our quarterly report on energy and sustainability issues around the world.

One passage in particular I found enlightening. The report notes that the 15 European Union signatories to the Kyoto Protocols are on track to reach their goal of reducing CO2 by 8 percent between 2008 and 2012 compared to the 1990 baseline year—“and this in spite of a 45 percent economic growth over the same period.” So despite what many in the U.S. seem to believe, CO2 reduction and economic growth are not mutually exclusive goals.

 

Data Centers offer huge savings

October 26, 2010

Cons Gattuso, DCEP
Engineering & Operations

Data Center energy usage makes up approximately 2 percent of the total energy use in the United States, and is growing at a rate of 12 percent a year. The illustration here shows energy use, if we follow the current trend.

The DOE “Save Energy Now” program has partnered with the industry in the development of a process leading to practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers. The key objective of the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to accelerate energy savings in the dynamic and energy-intensive marketplace of data centers.

I was fortunate enough to be in the BETA group for this program and earned my DCEP – HVAC Specialist certification last month.  The program trains on DC-Pro assessment tools, energy saving technologies and incorporates key metrics for all data centers. It consisted of intense training at a generalist and specialist level and includes up to six hours of exams. 

 Using the techniques and processes taught, energy savings of 20 percent to 40 percent is achievable.

To find out more about the program or to sign up, click here.