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Jones Lang LaSalle Reports Carbon Footprint Data for Global Operations

Energy Programs for Clients Reduced Carbon Emissions by Nearly 10 Times the Firm’s Footprint

SINGAPORE, 4 May 2009 — Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL), the leading integrated professional services firm specializing in real estate, today announced it has quantified its firmwide carbon footprint and the carbon emissions reductions achieved for its clients.  These measurements support Jones Lang LaSalle’s commitment to leading the real estate industry in environmental sustainability and energy management, both for clients and within its own operations.

In 2008, Jones Lang LaSalle was responsible for emitting an estimated 44,000 metric tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, equating to 3.2 tonnes per fulltime, non-reimbursable employee. During the same period, the firm helped clients reduce their carbon emissions by nearly 10 times that amount—more than 438,000 tonnes—and generated $95 million in energy savings for them.

Using industry leading methodologies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager program, as well as its own best practices, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Energy and Sustainability Services professionals and management teams eliminated nearly 791 billion kWh of energy consumption worldwide. This accomplishment resulted in reduced carbon emissions by an amount equal to the annual emissions of 80,000 cars or 40,000 households.

“Because we manage 1.4 billion square feet of real estate for clients, the greatest contribution we can make to global sustainability and energy management efforts is through our activities on their behalf,” says Lauralee Martin, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Jones Lang LaSalle.  “We will continue to act responsibly in our operations and to implement innovative energy management and sustainability solutions to minimize our carbon footprint. But as these numbers show, the biggest impact we can make is to reinforce our investment in the services we deliver to clients.”

Jones Lang LaSalle has instituted a range of practices in recent years to control its impact on the environment, including:

  • Ongoing support of ACT: A Cleaner Tomorrow, a firm-wide program to educate and engage employees on environmentally conscious actions they can take at work and in their daily lives. The firm is also an active participant in Earth Hour across the globe and recently contributed to the World Wide Fund Arctic program.
  • Development of sustainable design standards for building out space at 180 corporate offices worldwide.
  • We recently achieved a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating for our Australian head office tenancy at Level 18 George Street in Sydney.
  • Consideration of sustainability in making occupancy decisions and adding sustainability as a criteria in the selection of vendors.

In addition, Jones Lang LaSalle supports industry and client sustainability measures in a variety of ways:

  • Expansion of partnerships with sustainability organizations.  In Asia Pacific, we are members of the Green Building Council of Australia, Japan for Sustainability, India Green Building Council and Philippine Green Building Council. We have also actively participated in the Greenhouse Challenge Plus in Australia since 1999, a program which enables companies to form partnerships with the Australian Government to improve energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A commitment to lead the real estate industry in the number of sustainability accredited professionals. Currently, Jones Lang LaSalle employs 380 personnel with accreditation in industry-leading rating systems such as LEED, BREEAM, Green Star and NABERS. In Asia Pacific, we have more than 30 accredited professionals who provide services and solutions that address our clients’ sustainability needs effectively.
  • Industry leadership in LEED certification of new and existing properties. In  2008, the firm worked on or had completed 116 LEED projects worldwide.
  • Development of industry leading processes, practices and tools to better streamline, control and measure progress in energy and sustainability programs on behalf of clients. The firm’s recent appointment as program manager for the Empire State Building’s energy sustainability program will further elevate the quality and sophistication of our Energy and Sustainability Services offering.

Calculating its Carbon Footprint

In determining its carbon footprint, Jones Lang LaSalle used the Greenhouse Gas Protocol procedures to estimate the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions from the energy consumed to operate its offices, travel on commercial airlines for business and operate fleet vehicles for mobile maintenance services provided to clients. The challenge of measuring CO2 emissions from hundreds of locations worldwide was met with the help of the same portfolio energy and environmental management system Jones Lang LaSalle uses at thousands of client facilities. This sophisticated system enables the firm to measure emissions resulting from its worldwide office occupancy, fleet operations and air travel in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, taking into consideration local emissions rates and site specific conditions.

Ms Martin notes, “Even as we implement better environmental practices, our carbon footprint is likely to increase incrementally as our firm grows. Our commitment is to continue to influence the global reduction of carbon emissions by continuing to reduce emissions in client operations by a factor of 10 times our own carbon footprint each year.”

She adds, “We will also continue to lead the transformation of the real estate industry to reduce the environmental impacts of commercial real estate. We will continue to invest in energy and sustainability expertise. And, even as our company continues to grow, we will work together to find new ways to limit our own carbon footprint.”