A key take out of the SIOR International European Conference was the need for the real estate investment market to wise up to the EU Taxonomy Regulations and the monumental impact it is going to have on the industry in the future.
Environmental sustainability standards are increasing and will only get more stringent in the years to come. Progressive increases in the carbon tax nationally, set to reach €100 by 2030, will have cost implications for operating buildings that are not energy efficient and still rely on fossil fuel for heating, and on construction costs of building materials used in new property developments.
Add to this the new EU Taxonomy Regulations, aimed at diverting finance and investment into sustainable economic activities, such as sustainable buildings, and one can see that the focus of the real estate industry in the coming years must be on building sustainable buildings if they are to continue to attract the interest of investors and finance and to attract occupiers with sustainability ambitions willing to pay premium rents. The solution, said Kevin Nowlan, Senior Adviser of Hibernia REIT, is twofold, firstly the delivery of new buildings is going to become more expensive, and the market is going to be economically encouraged to try to utilise existing buildings as much as possible through retro fitting and repurposing. Secondly the carbon footprint from the delivery of new building is going to have to significantly fall which will mean significant material innovation will be needed.
Kevin said: “The EU Taxonomy will transform property. Buildings that mitigate against and are able to adapt to climate change will be more expensive and this will only increase as minimum standards get tougher. We welcome this intervention because we know it’s what we need to ensure our sector responds and plays its part.
“What needs to happen at the same time though is a change in mindset. To safeguard our assets and investments, we need to be planning for this now, by fundamentally changing the way we develop, so we don’t have to price buildings out of the market altogether.
“We must innovate, build differently, embrace sustainable materials such as timber and look to modern methods of construction to build in cost efficiencies as well as sustainability. To do this effectively we need to ensure planning and building regulations can keep up. The industry and the system that supports it need to be more agile.”
Thursday 3rd March 2022, 18:00 CET, 17:00 GMT, 12 noon ET, 09:00 PT
To mark International Women's Day on 8th March, the SIOR Europe Diversity and Inclusion Committee are holding this webinar to have inspirational discussions from women in the real estate sector on topics including what prompted them to get involved in real estate, finding their place in what can be perceived as a “white, male and stale industry”, mentoring programs, personal experiences and ways of empowering women.
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.
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?
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.
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
• Greg Borel, Managing Partner of climate change and sustainability consultancy Ampersand Partners and CUBE