Anna Harman

Track M: Energy Management Around the World
Thu/AM 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Senior Decarbonization Advisor
JLL Canada
Strategies to Decarbonize Buildings Across the World

Buildings generate nearly 40% of annual global energy-related CO2 emissions, with the operations of buildings responsible for 28% annually. Our industry is shifting quickly from an “energy-reduction” mentality to decarbonization, and we are at the forefront of this movement.

This presentation will touch on the basics of greenhouse gas emissions and global targets, setting the context for the main discussion on decarbonization strategies for building portfolios. Integrating carbon forecasting into existing asset management cycles provides critical data for enabling strategic investment decisions to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately to achieve carbon neutrality across a portfolio. Outlining actionable implementation strategies to achieve decarbonization can bridge the gap between current portfolio realities and achieving future targets. Referencing experience managing projects for building portfolios across Canada and around the globe, this learning opportunity will use case studies to discuss strategies for identifying priority buildings as well as the challenges, opportunities and regional considerations for decarbonization around the world.

As energy management experts, each of us has a unique role to play in the decarbonization of our built environment. The goal of this presentation is to initiate conversations on how we can work together to effectively and efficiently reduce global emissions.

Anna is a Canadian leader in carbon reduction solutions for buildings and a recipient of the AEE 2021 Young Energy Professional of the Year award. Anna has previously focused on guiding Government of Canada clients to net zero carbon. She was a key contributor to the development of plans to avoid over 18 million tons of CO2e emissions in over 1000 buildings across Canada. In her previous role as Decarbonization Advisor with WSP Canada, Anna led the development of holistic sustainability and carbon reduction strategies across Canada as well as internationally.

Outside of work Anna is developing programs to assist young people of all backgrounds in their exploration of climate change, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable living. She additionally co-founded a volunteer committee aimed to foster a sustainable workplace and surrounding community.

Anna has recently joined JLL Canada in the capacity of Senior Decarbonization Advisor. In this role she is continuing to expedite her mission to extend her efforts beyond Canada and bring together a network of leaders internationally who will work together to curve the effects of climate change.

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