Greener cleaning to achieve net zero

How a sustainable cleaning delivery is accelerating the race to net zero

April 14, 2022

With an increasing number of organisations prioritising sustainability, innovative thinking to enhance service delivery efficiency is needed to help occupiers and landlords turn net zero ambitions into reality.

One of the largest expenses for any building is cleaning and it’s one of the most important aspects of meeting energy reduction and renewable goals, says Henri Fadli, Head of Supply Chain & Procurement for Workplace – JLL Asia Pacific.

As part of JLL’s commitment to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2040 and help clients achieve their own sustainability goals, we have developed a new, industry-leading approach to the delivery of sustainable cleaning services.

The Green Procurement Standard for Cleaning Services outlines the minimum requirements for a more sustainable delivery of cleaning services across the entire supply chain. The framework, created specifically for corporate offices and retail sites, is being rolled out in a pilot program at JLL’s three-floor office tenancy at 420 George Street, Sydney.

“From a property perspective, the delivery of cleaning services generally represents a cost of two or three times more than other services delivered in the building,” Fadli says. “With this new green delivery scope, we can influence all areas of a building’s cleaning service – from how waste is managed through to what cleaning equipment and products are used – to ultimately reach a net zero delivery.”

JLL worked in partnership with selected vendors to produce the framework for sustainable delivery which includes a provision for independent auditing to provide clients with evidence-based reporting.

“The framework covers everything from how vendors’ employees are trained in the importance of green delivery through to the use of cleaning consumables like biodegradable bin liners, non-chemical cleaning products and equipment which meets EU regulatory standards,” Fadli says.

The framework, checklist and independent auditing provides clients with the reassurance that the vendors providing cleaning service are credible, consistent and actively contributing to helping them achieve their net zero goals.

“Not all cleaning service providers will have the ability and resourcing to achieve the Green Scope minimum standard, that’s why we’ve worked closely with our vendors who are committed to working towards net zero delivery,” says Fadli. “We will be able to manage the end-to-end delivery of this service to our clients, including auditing and reporting of results, making it easier than ever to achieve their sustainability goals.”