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JLL: Occupiers, Investors Put Sustainability at the Forefront

Occupiers and investors are more willing than ever to tackle climate change, says JLL. The firm’s survey of nearly 650 leading global occupiers and investors found that 89% of occupiers see sustainability as increasingly important to their corporate strategy, while investors believe focusing on decarbonization can deliver value and a competitive advantage.

However, JLL says translating good intentions into achievable targets will require partnership and transformative thinking.

“The real estate industry is in the spotlight,” said Guy Grainger, JLL’s global head of sustainability services and ESG. “We cannot get to a zero-carbon planet without re-purposing our buildings. 

“So, what is our response – can we build a better future for our communities and our world? The only way is to create a commercial investment model that incorporates the environmental and social impact,” he continued. “This requires a mindset shift and a much more collaborative approach between owners and occupiers of buildings.”


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).