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JLL names first sustainability lead for EMEA capital markets

The global real estate services firm has appointed Alexandra Ingram to deliver “ambitious” sustainability commitments – and help real estate meet its net zero targets.

In a newly created role, Ingram will embed ESG across the business, focusing on advancing both environmental and social values in clients’ net zero strategies.

Explaining the importance of the role, JLL referred to its recent Decarbonising the Built Environment report showing that, despite a recognition of the importance of sustainability in the industry, 43% of occupiers are still at an early stage of defining their net zero plans.

The company said the appointment highlights its commitment to helping organisations accelerate their drive towards net zero.

Ingram joined JLL’s Asia Pacific capital markets team in 2013. Since moving to the international capital markets offices team in 2017, she has centred on the European office and life sciences market.

Matthew Richards, CEO of JLL’s EMEA capital markets business, said: “Sustainability must be at the top of our priority list, and Ali’s enthusiasm to drive change in this area is second to none.

“Ali will help JLL to integrate ESG into all client advice to deepen the relationships we have and help us become the most knowledgeable, creative and connected capital adviser in the industry.”

Ingram added: “We’re now in an era of responsible real estate, and the rise of ESG will have a transformational effect on corporate real estate and capital markets.

“2022 is the year for real action and I’m honoured to be tasked with helping our investors meet the ambitious goals that have been set. In addition to capital markets, JLL is committed to integrating sustainability into all of its core business lines such as leasing and valuations and this collaboration across business lines will be vital.

“My ambition is for JLL to be the number one ESG capital markets adviser across Europe, and I’m excited to embark on this journey.”

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