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At Tuesday 23rd November's SIOR Europe webinar on climate change and sustainability, we welcomed a group of specialist participants representing a broad spectrum of disciplines within the real estate sector from across Europe.

 

What followed was an illuminating discussion – asking key questions on what needs to happen next for the built environment to deliver on the goals made at COP26, with our panellists sharing their unique perspectives, experiences and solutions to shape a way forward.

Introduced and hosted by Renata Osiecka, Managing Partner at AXI Immo Group, andexpertly moderated by Greg Borel, Founder & Director of Ampersand Partners and organiser of CUBE in the UK, we were joined by Laura Kelly – Director at PwC, Ann Marie Aguilar – SVP EMEA at International WELL Building Institute, Fabian Mühlen – Partner at DLA Piper, who spoke to us from Frankfurt, and Jennifer Taranto – Director of Sustainability at STO Building Group.

 

The workshop kicked off with the vital question. Given that one of the major takeaways from the recent COP26 climate summit was the need for immediate action rather than talking about commitments to sustainability, the webinar started with what needs to happen now? How do we translate the grand plans made at COP26 into tangible impact in the short-term?

 

 

Panellists shared interesting insights on industry trends they are seeing:

 

 

The session closed with the question of where is collaboration needed most? Answers ranged from co-operating with third party ESG frameworks and environmental ratings bodies, more R&D into electrification and other energy efficiencies in construction, setting mutual climate objectives with tenants, transparency with the market and peers, and leading by example with responsible procurement and client intake (i.e. working with those who demonstrate their commitment to climate and ESG factors).

 

The overarching conclusion? We all need to think beyond our own organisations, as the only way to deliver on the promise of COP26 is through collective endeavour.

 

You can see the full webinar here – 60 minute watch

SIOR Europe Workshop Climate Change & Sustainability, 23 Nov 2021. - YouTube

The much-awaited Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day took place on 11 November, rounding off two intensive weeks of COP26 and highlighting the big role that the built environment – which is responsible for 40% of carbon emissions – can and must play in delivering on global net zero ambitions.

We were encouraged to see a number of notable take-aways, announcements and conversations emerging from the day’s focus on our industry.


The SIOR Europe Chapter AGM will take place virtually on Zoom at 11am GMT and 12 noon CET on Friday, 28th January 2022.

Registration is necessary. Please email admin@sioreurope.com for further details.

More information about the event will be published in due course.

FOREWORD BY THE EUROPEAN CHAPTER PRESIDENT

As the second week of COP26 comes to a close and with a day dedicated to the built environment, we publish the second part of SIOR Europe’s Members’ and Industry Insights, this time focusing on the experiences of our members across the UK & Europe.

Our report provides insight into how different countries are responding, shares solutions that can be applied elsewhere and demonstrates how climate change is increasingly integrated into the transactional process as a means to add value.


FOREWORD BY THE EUROPEAN CHAPTER PRESIDENT

As COP26 gets underway, SIOR Europe is keen to join the conversation about the focus that the summit brings on
climate change impact to share commentary and advice from our members, all of whom support greater action in
the race to net zero.


Our members have put climate change impact at the heart of their consultancy in response to the market and clients’
increasing ESG requirements and have embedded it into every stage of the property process.


Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, 18:00 CET, 17:00 GMT, 12 noon ET, 09:00 PT

With the built environment accounting for 40% of global carbon emissions, COP26 has brought into sharp focus the importance of swift and affirmative action by the real estate sector, in order to reduce its climate impact.

SIOR Europe is hosting this webinar, bringing together members and industry experts to discuss global climate issues, examine the outcomes of the COP26 summit and identify solutions for the industry.

More and more organisations in the commercial real estate market are aware of their impact on the environment and making business decisions in line with ESG (Environment, Society, Corporate Governance) values. They know they need to reduce carbon emissions, use more renewable energy sources and be more sustainable in the race to net zero.

The webinar will explore: what can we do as an organisation? And as an industry? How do we reduce our carbon footprint? What should we expect from developers in the context of the new COP26 plans? How can we encourage other players in the market, including our clients, business partners and employees, to join the movement? And most importantly, how will the real estate world change by 2030?

This event is open to SIOR members and anyone with an interest in the commercial property sector, office and industrial & logistics, in Europe. We want many voices, views and opinions so please secure your place now and be part of the conversation

Chair

• Greg Borel, Managing Partner of climate change and sustainability consultancy Ampersand Partners and CUBE

Participants

As COP26 gets underway this weekend, bringing together parties from across the world for a climate summit that aims to ensure we secure global net zero by the middle of the century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach, we here at SIOR Europe want to show our support. We will be sharing guidance about how real estate can make a positive, transformative contribution.

The European Chapter of the Society for Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR Europe) stands for excellence, best-in-class advice and outstanding results. It represents the top advisors in our industry, who drive multi-million pound/euro deals every day.

In response to the market and clients’ increasing ESG requirements, our members have put climate change impact at the heart of their consultancy and embedded it into every stage of the property process. So, we’ve gathered the very best of their guidance to share with investors, developers, occupiers and the wider industry.

Our Members' View note will have two parts.

The first, being published on 1 November, will remind us of the scale of the challenge we face, the significance of real estate in any solution and show how SIOR Europe’s members are responding. It will provide useful, practical advice given by our members that show how they harness carbon neutral and climate positive action to add value.

The second, being published later the same week, will look across our membership, which spans Europe, and gather insight about what is happening across the continent and what we can learn from members in different countries and apply elsewhere.

After COP26, on 23rd November at 18:00 CET, we’re bringing together industry leaders for a webinar that will examine the outcomes of the summit and identify what we must do next. Panellists include GLP (a major logistics developer), a leading occupier, the International WELL Building Institute; and climate change and sustainability consultancy Ampersand Partners and CUBE, who will chair the event.

We want you to be part of this important discussion. Register your free place here. 

Paul Danks, SIOR FRICS
President of the European Regional Chapter of SIOR


On 5 October 2021, Built Environment Networking brought together the great and the good in the logistics sector to consider how the industry is changing and how best to respond. With a focus on the positive, SIOR Europe was delighted to be a sponsor and support a discussion around the many solutions and opportunities emerging.

The virtual conference covered topics from freeports to climate change and congestion to technology, with speakers from companies ranging from Aberdeen Standard Investments and Europa Capital, to Prologis, St Modwin and Hermes, as well as SIOR’s industry partner TSL, a leader in turnkey capital projects.

It also looked at current and future developments, to the value of circa £6 billion, including those breaking new ground in achieving net zero carbon and those that will provide integrated, strategically located hubs across the UK, driving economic growth.

Key trends emerged:

Our key take out from the conference was a real commitment to driving improvement and best practice on every level. At SIOR Europe, we welcome this with open arms. It is why we exist.

Representing the top advisors in our industry, our members are dealing with multi-million pound/euro deals every day, many in the logistics sector. They have developed solutions to many of the challenges we heard about at the conference, and bring insight from across the UK, Europe and beyond. You can find out more about them and how they can help you here.


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As part of a growing global presence, SIOR will have representatives in attendance at three major European CRE events in the coming months. These initiatives are part of SIOR’s strategic brand-building efforts across Europe and beyond and we encourage SIORs to consider joining colleagues at these international events.

Please contact events@sioreurope.com if you would like to find out more.

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