LaSalle Acts Globally on Net Zero Carbon Commitment in Alignment ULI Greenprint Goal
CHICAGO (October 19, 2020) — LaSalle today announced its commitment to the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance Net Zero Carbon (“NZC”) Goal to reduce landlord-controlled operational carbon emissions of LaSalle’s global portfolio of managed assets to net zero by the year 2050.
Since becoming a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment over 10 years ago, LaSalle has been working across our managed portfolio to improve the sustainability aspects of our assets. In 2017 LaSalle added Environmental Factors to its investment strategy, recognizing the importance of issues such as energy and water efficiency, climate change impacts and resilience, and increasing carbon regulations as long-term, secular demand drivers of real estate. Following this, in 2018 LaSalle became a member of UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (“UNEP FI”) and helped shape the future of climate risk assessment reporting for the industry by taking part in a two-year Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) pilot project.
The success of this environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) integration has seen the business refocus its sustainability program, using this positive momentum to create a global carbon strategy to achieve NZC alongside other important sustainability goals.
Jeff Jacobson, CEO for LaSalle Investment Management said, “At LaSalle we’re committed to doing right by our clients, our people and our planet. When we invest in ESG best practices, we are enhancing the performance of our clients’ investments, and bettering the communities we live, work and invest in. We are proud to stand with the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance on net zero carbon ambitions and commit to this industry goal, and look forward to creating positive, powerful change.”
The ULI Greenprint net zero carbon goal is designed to meaningfully reduce the built environment’s impact on climate change beyond existing efforts. It encourages portfolio-wide carbon reductions via deep energy efficiency improvements, on-site renewable energy, green utility power and building electrification, off-site renewables, renewable energy credits and, as a last resort, carbon offsets. The goal is in line with the Paris Agreement and findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report to limit global warming to 1.5⁰ C.
LaSalle’s increased commitment can further be seen in Europe where the firm is advancing a step beyond the ULI goal as a signatory to the UK Better Buildings Partnership Climate Change Commitment, setting out LaSalle’s ambition for our European portfolio to achieve NZC by 2050 for both whole building operational carbon and embodied carbon.
Additionally, LaSalle has received recognition for its ongoing commitment sustainability practices across its product platform globally, highlighted here: LaSalle Improves 2019 GRESB Performance and United Nations ‘Principles for Responsible Investment’ Assessments
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