18 January  2011 – Real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle has reached its goal of 1000 energy and sustainability accredited professionals in 29 countries one year early because of strong client demand.

In Asia Pacific the firm has more than 180 green accredited professionals – with Australia’s 96 accredited professionals comprising half this number, Australian director of sustainability, Joel Quintal said.

Chief operating and financial officer Lauralee Martin said: “We initially planned to reach 1000 accredited professionals by the end of 2012, but the response from our business leaders and on-site professionals around the world, based on rising client demand, was so strong, we had to move quickly.”

“The firm has installed or advised on 1400 molecular weight of wind and biomass energy projects and in 2010 saved clients $128 million in energy costs, avoiding 563,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, “ she said.

Other energy and sustainability professional accreditations held by Jones Lang LaSalle professionals include: Associate for the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (UK/worldwide), Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (UK), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (US/worldwide), Certified Energy Manager (US/worldwide), Data Center Energy Practitioner (US), Green Globes / Go Green Plus  (US/Canada), Green Mark Manager (Singapore),  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (US), NABERS (Australia).