The climate is in crisis. With the built environment responsible for 40% of total UK carbon emissions, it is vital that the property industry plays a leading role in making the move to net-zero-carbon mainstream.

Sophie Walker JLL

We feel an absolute responsibility to drive this urgent shift towards net-zero-carbon buildings – in operation, embodied emissions in building works, across the whole lifecycle.

JLL UK has made a public commitment to embed net zero carbon in all services by 2021, lead by example in only occupying net-zero-carbon assets by 2030, as well as halving upfront embodied carbon footprint in our workplaces. We want to accelerate change, support our clients and influence the supply chain.

Climate change

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We are a founding and gold leaf member of the UK Green Building Council and we are responding to their urgent call to start acting differently today. That is why I and some of my leadership team, including UK chief executive Chris Ireland and EMEA chief executive Guy Grainger, are joining the global climate strikes today – and why we are enabling our staff across the UK to join the strikes should they wish to as well.

Taking action on the climate crisis is a priority for the business and we are determined to use our voice and play our part to drive change in the industry, and beyond.

Sophie Walker is UK Head of Sustainability at JLL