Berlin 2016

Regarded by past attendees as the leading event for the sustainable commercial real estate sector, the 40 Percent Symposium 2016 was co-hosted by ES EnviroSustain and EVORA. The conference made a welcome return to Germany, and was be held on the 3rd November 2016 at the luxury Regent Berlin.

This year's Symposium identified how and if the sustainability discussion/hype around 2007-2011 found its way into the daily business procedures of investors, landlords, and project developers.  Focusing on three core sessions of politics, economics & risks and global best practice, with a keynote address from Martin Brühl, Managing Director of Union Investment and RICS Past President 2015/2016, as well as packed agenda of industry leaders, sharing their insight on the future and best practice of sustainability in commercial real estate.

The format of the conference encourages open and informal discussion between industry leaders on the key topics impacting the industry, highlighting key trends and new best practice, and enabling investors, portfolio owners and project developers to make decisions that will ensure that the investments and acquisitions made in the present, will deliver profit and value going forward, whilst continuing to be sustainable.




Welcome by John Pike - Founder & Managing Director, 40 Percent Symposium.


Keynote Address by Martin Brühl - Managing Director, Union Investments & RICS PastPresident 2015/16.

Topic: Actions speak louder than words. Reflections on sustainability in real estate.


Politics Session including Panel Debate.

Topic: The outlook for political change in the commercial real estate sector.


Thies Grothe - Director of the Policy Principles Department, ZIA. Topic: European Union carbon dioxide targets and an outlook on the corresponding regulation changes in Europe and Germany.

Emma Hoskyn - Team Director of Upstream Sustainability Services, JLL. Topic: Thoughts on opportunities and challenges of green policy in the commercial real estate sector.

Maria Hill - Head of Corporate Relations & Sustainability, ECE. Topic: Market perspective on Landlord and Tenant relationship and legal implications. Examples beyond pure regulation.

Christiane Conrads - Partner, Lupp + Partner. Topic: How to get tenants on board.  Launch of sustainability survey to get feedback from real estate users.


Networking break.


Economics & Risk Session including Panel Debate.

Topic: Economics, Opportunities and Risks, from an Investor Perspective.


Dr. Thomas Beyerle - Managing Director, Catella Property Valuation GmbH. Topic: The investors long-term risk: without green investment, performance improvement is not possible.

Dr. Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP - Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Delos. Topic: How does the enhancement of health and wellbeing in the built environment affect value in real estate?

Lonneke Löwik – Head of Operations, GRESB. Topic: How can the GRESB Assessment support the industry to optimise risk/return profiles of real asset investments?

Simone Lakenbrink – CEO, DIFNI. Topic: Update on market value of green building certified assets in Europe.


Networking lunch.


Best Practice Session including Panel Debate.

Topic: Best practice from across Europe, focusing on innovation.


Axel Popp - Managing Director, deematrix GmbH. Topic: 2050 climate goals for apartment buildings built and realised in 2014.

Hanna Duraku - Sustainability Manager, Sponda Plc. Topic: Spondability: Sponda’s signature of responsibility, which takes economic, social and environmental aspects into consideration. 

Anna Denell - Head of CSR, Vasakronan. Topic: Creating green value.

Chris Bennett - Managing Director, EVORA. Topic: How data delivers sustainable value.


Networking break.


Best Practice Session continues, with Panel Debate.


Elsa Monteiro - Head of Sustainability and Corporate Communication, Sonae Sierra. Topic: Turning global challenges into business opportunities.

Frank Räder - Grundfos. Topic: The underestimated energy saving potential: premature pump replacement in existing buildings.

Sarah Lucas - Grosvenor. Topic: Harnessing consumer power.


Closing remarks by John Pike, Founder and Managing Director, 40 Percent Symposium.


Networking drinks reception.