Sustainability continues to consolidate its place as a major issue on the corporate agenda, as more companies make commitments to sustainability appointments and to reducing carbon footprints.
Real estate organisation JLL has appointed Andrew Baker as head of sustainability consulting. His remit will be to support clients across the company’s broad spectrum of sustainability services from net zero carbon and climate risk to wellbeing and social value.
Baker joins JLL from Cushman & Wakefield, where he spent three years leading the energy, infrastructure and sustainability team and advising the UK board on Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) issues.
Richard Howling, head of consulting at JLL, said the appointment demonstrated the company’s continued comment to its longstanding position for sustainability consultancy.
“In the lead up to COP26, real estate has a unique opportunity to be part of the solution, and at JLL we are more determined than ever to support our clients to make lasting change.” he said.
Baker’s appointment follows that of David Bownass, JLL’s head of UK net zero design consulting, in January. He was previously at WSP.
Earlier this month the company announced that it aimed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 across all areas of its operations globally, including the client sites it manages.
To achieve this, 95 per cent of JLL’s 2018 baseline greenhouse gas emissions would be fully abated, and any residual offsets needed would be limited to no more than 5 per cent of that baseline, the company said.
Also, this month, Principle Cleaning Services appointed Arthur Toso as sustainability manager to lead the company towards net zero as well as to support clients and onsite operations with sustainable initiatives. He will also have responsibility for Principle’s Environmental Management system.
Toso previously worked as environment and sustainability advisor for a facilities management firm, where he was responsible for environmental and waste management and sustainability performance tracking.
Matt Kuwertz, sales and marketing director at Principle Cleaning Services, said the company wanted to become the UK’s most sustainable cleaning business.
“Arthur’s appointment will enable us to focus on developing new policies and achieving Net Zero emissions, working closely with our partners and clients to reach this target,” he said.
Some of the company’s current initiatives include eliminating single-use plastics, reducing overall plastic use through plastic-free packaging, and implementing chemical-free cleaning processes, water-saving and water-recycling systems and producing consumables from closed-loop recycling.
Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Carolyn Ball to its newly created role of director for delivery of net zero.
The company said it had developed a ‘charter and roadmap’ to create a sustainable food system to reach climate net zero by 2030.