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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

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

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