40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike reflects on the second 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt held on the 5th November 2014 at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof.
Three clear themes emerged through the day and the real estate industry must grapple with these if sustainability is to be a value driver rather than just “something to be added to a property’s details.
1. The property industry needs to move beyond the narrow definition of sustainability in terms of energy management and embrace the broader elements of ESG used at a corporate level.
2. Data collection needs to be done only once in a recognised format, that includes the principles of ESG, so that real estate is more readily a part of a company’s overall reporting structure.
3. If certification and labels such as EPCs are to be effective much more needs to be done to identify the value...
We are delighted to announce a second successful 40 Percent Symposium was held in Frankfurt on the 5th November. The day sparked interesting debate using our unique panel format and it certainly proved to be very insightful. We are delighted with the feedback we have received which we will be sharing shortly, along with our summary of the discussions.
You can find out more about the event in IP Real Estate's recent article which you can view here.
Thanks to IP Real Estate for featuring us in their latest news alert:
The 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt, 5th November 2014, Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof.
The 40 Percent Symposium has established itself as the leading resource for those working in the commercial property industry, with a focus on sustainability and the impact this topic has on the value of commercial property. Our mission is to bring to you the latest thinking on sustainability in commercial property, investment, occupation and ownership.
We have held several conferences in both London and Frankfurt over the last three years and are pleased to attract the leading industry figures as our delegates. Our next Symposium is on the 5th November 2014 in Frankfurt and we are delighted to once again have secured the support of industry leading speakers including: François Cantin from Unibail-Rodamco, Simon Cox from Prologis, Sander Paul van Tongeren of APG Asset Management, Dr. Robert Gabriel from PE...
The final few Early Bird tickets for the 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt 2014 are available until the 15th October - with a very limited number still for sale. From the 16th October tickets will be available for 850.00 EURO. Early bird ticket prices are 750.00 EURO. All prices are subject to VAT.
You can register for your place here.
40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike recently attended Expo Real for a series of very positive meetings with our speakers, partners and sponsors. As part of the Expo Real programme, John chaired a session for Green Rating Alliance called - 'Common platform for sustainable measurement - is it ever possible?' Panelists were: Ralph Wood of AXA Real Estate Investments, Christoph Wildgruber of Allianz Real Estate and Christiane Conrads of DLA Piper.
John writes: "The seminar was very well attended. On a show of hands the audience was equally divided on whether one system platform to include portfolio and individual building measurements was needed or whether the current multi-system of measurement and certification was better. As one delegate said - 'I do not want one system holding me to ransom.' However an alternative view expressed was that a single data house such as Google or Microsoft could house all data supplied by GRESB...
Our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof presents a great opportunity for industry leaders to meet and debate the key topics within the industry right now. There has been much debate around the issue of reporting standards and within this blog, 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike FRICS discusses the importance of the session in the next of our conference spotlight series.
John writes: "The session, 'Multiple Reporting…is it really necessary?' at the Frankfurt 40 Percent Symposium will focus on the difficult issue of exactly which reporting standard should you adopt. There are at the moment least 9 and still counting, standards in use ranging from the Global Reporting Initiative to those at a building level such as BREEAM.
As one of our investors said, 'can we have just one standard?' The fear he has is that having developed their systems to work with one standard regulators then...
The green bonds market and how this will impact on real estate in the future is a hot topic at our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November. One of our speakers François Cantin, who is Group Director Property, Maintenance, Purchasing and Sustainability at Unibail-Rodamco gives us a sneak preview into the principles behind Unibail-Rodamco’s first ever green bond issuance for €750 million and the position he will be taking in our 'Green Bonds and Green Real Estate Funds' session at the conference in Frankfurt.
"Last February, Unibail-Rodamco issued the first "Green Bond" for a real-estate company in the Euro market (€ 750 million, for a fixed coupon of 2.5% and a 10-year maturity). This "Green Bond" has met with great success, placement having been 3.4 times oversubscribed with an order book reaching over €2.5 billion in less than 2 hours.
This issuance is part of the Group’s strategy to...
As our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November draws closer, 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike, spotlights one of the sessions featured on the programme - 'The Link between Sustainability, Shareholder Value and Investment Management.'
John writes: "A major topic for all previous 40 Percent Symposia has been defining the relationship between Sustainability, Shareholder Value and Investment Management. Larger companies now embrace sustainability but the issue remains on how medium and smaller sized companies can benefit in a cost effective way. Our panel of Roger Baumann, Head of Business Development at Credit Suisse Real Estate Management, Alex Edds, Interim Head of Sustainability at TIAA Henderson and Professor Dr. David Lorenz of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will look at ways in which the benefits of sustainability can be more broadly understood and acted upon. The panel will also look at why the ESG strategies of the investors/pension...
We are delighted to be joined by guest blog author and regular 40 Percent Symposium contributor - Prof. Dr. Sven Bienert MRICS. Professor Bienert is the Head of the Competence Centre of Sustainable Real Estate at Regensburg University. Professor Bienert will be joining us as one of our speakers at our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November, where he will join fellow panel members Mr. Ulrich Steinmetz, Managing Director at Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, Alternatives and Real Assests as well as Wolfgang Gemünd, Vice President and Senior Client Manager at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Together the panel will debate the impact extreme weather has on commercial real estate, as we see the occurrence of extreme weather more and more frequently.
At the conference Professor Bienert will be outlining his conclusions from his recently researched paper regarding extreme weather and property values, a copy of which will be available to...
The 40 Percent Symposium focuses on the impact that climate change and sustainability has on the value of commercial real estate investments, occupation and the effective management of those assets. The Symposium creates a platform where best practice and experience from across Europe can be shared through our leading industry speakers and senior real estate executive delegates.
The Symposium acts as a forum for the exchange of knowledge where new ideas and environmental strategies are discussed. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to network with leading industry figures in the world of investment, corporate occupation and real estate consultancies.
At the Frankfurt 2014 Symposium which will be held on the 5th November, we will be offering a very limited number of stands in the networking room for innovative companies to demonstrate what is new in the field of sustainability and energy management. This new initiative from the Symposium will provide added value...