Frankfurt 2014

Building on the success of the 2013 Frankfurt Symposium, the 2014 Frankfurt Symposium brought to delegates in one day, the most comprehensive and informative conference for sustainability.  The Symposium creates a platform where best practice and experience from across Europe and beyond can be shared through our leading industry speakers and senior delegates.  Our European wide panel of leading industry speakers lead the debate around the impact of sustainability on the real estate industry.  


Conference Agenda


08.30 Registration


09.15 Welcome by John Pike, Founder and Managing Director of the 40 Percent Symposium


09.30 Extreme Weather Events and the Impact on Commercial Real Estate - Panel Session

As our Symposia in London and Frankfurt last year clearly identified, climate change and with it the ability to secure property insurance are now long term risks. With extreme weather events becoming a regular occurrence this session will focus on what we know in terms of the science and the insurers and investors reaction to this.

Panel Members:

Professor Dr. Sven Bienert MRICS - Head of Competence Centre of Sustainable Real Estate, Regensburg University.

Ulrich Steinmetz - Managing Director, Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, Alternatives and Real Assets 

Wolfgang Gemünd - Vice President and Senior Client Manager, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions


10.15 The Link between Sustainability, Shareholder Value and Investment Management - Panel Session

Sustainability is fast becoming a governance and risk issue and the best companies recognise the importance of aligning themselves with current best practice. We heard from some of the major real estate investment managers on their strategies but also discussed the growing disconnect between ESG at an investment corporate level and the concept of sustainability. The panel also reviewed the UNEP FI sustainability metrics report.

Panel Members:

Roger Baumann MRICS - Director, COO/Sustainability, Credit Suisse Real Estate Management.

Alex Edds - Head of Sustainability and Responsible Property Investment, TIAA Henderson Real Estate

Professor Dr. David Lorenz FRICS - of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology who will refer to his recent work on sustainability metrics and linkage to property investment and management.

Panel Moderator: Werner Knips - Managing Partner Private Equity Practice Germany and Partner Global Real Estate Practice, Heidrick & Struggles


11.00 Networking Break


11.30 Green Bonds and Green Real Estate Funds - Panel Session

As The Economist commented recently: “Occasionally a market appears out of nowhere. So it is with green bonds."

Top property investment companies now issue green property bonds. The world’s leading investment banks are creating green property funds to spur investment and expand market allocation to projects that provide environmental benefits. How will this impact real estate in the future? 

François Cantin talked about the principles behind Unibail-Rodamco’s first ever green bond issuance for €750 million, and Ralph Wood discussed his company's policy on green bonds and the value he sees from them.

Panel Members:

François Cantin - Group Director Property, Maintenance, Purchasing and Sustainability, Unibail-Rodamco

Ralph Wood - Global Sustainability and Governance Officer, AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

Panel Moderator: Michael Determann - Managing Director, Aberdeen Asset Management 


12.15 Can Sustainability ever be win-win for both Landlord and Tenant? - Panel Session

Our expert panel discussed the opportunities for both landlord and tenant that a sustainable approach to the management and occupation of a building can bring. How can an owner’s investment in sustainability produce a realistic return whilst offering the tenant reduced running costs? Is the green lease the answer or should the parties be looking at co-investment opportunities? What is it that a tenant most wants from the relationship? Our panelists come from both sides of the equation, landlord and tenant, and will describe their experiences at the practical level. 

Panel Members :

Simon Cox - UK Sustainability Officer and a First Vice President in the UK Project Management Team, ProLogis

Simone Lakenbrink Dipl.-Ing. MSc. MRICS - CEO, Private German Institute for sustainable Real Estate GmbH & Co. KG (DIFNI).

Maria Hill - Corporate Relations and Sustainability, ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H & Co. KG Germany 

Panel Moderator: Christiane Conrads LL.M - Senior Associate, DLA Piper.


13.00 Lunch and Networking


14.00 The Expansion of Certification Over the Last 4 years and where Growth Should Occur in the Future - Panel Session

European certification systems (BREEAM, DGNB, HQE, MINERGIE and LEED) are well established for new buildings, but the anticipated growth for certification of existing buildings has not occurred. Is this because, as the RICS German Professional Group reports, benchmarking and reporting are more important? Or are EPCs all that owners of existing real estate really need to demonstrate environmental performance and value?  

Panel Members:

Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve - Managing Director of ES EnviroSustain GmbH

Jochen Schenk - Management Board Member, Real IS AG

Dirk Mölter - Sustainability and Technical Director, Goodman Continental Europe

Panel Moderator: Christoph Wildgruber, MRICS Leading member of the RICS GPG and Head of Sustainability, Allianz Real Estate


14.45 The Link between "Energiewende" and Real Estate - Panel Session 

Germany has led much of Europe with Energiewende or the renewable energy transition. What is the impact on real estate now and in the future, not only for Germany but the rest of Europe, as these policies are more widely adopted? 

Panel Members:

Andreas Tiemann - Project Director, Dena

Hermann Horster MRICS - Head of Sustainability Germany, Regional Director Hamburg, BNP Paribas Real Estate Consult


15.15 Networking Break


15.45 Multiple Reporting …is it really necessary? - Panel Session

Investors are increasingly concerned about the requirement for multiple reporting (GRESB, CDP and GRI). Does it result in more transparency, improved performance and greater competition or is it all just an ever increasing unnecessary burden? Which standard will prevail? 

Panel Members: 

Sander Paul van Tongeren, MRICS - Head of Sustainability Global Real Estate and Infrastructure, APG Asset Management

Dr. Robert Gabriel - Vice President Corporate Sustainability, PE International

Dr. Albrecht Reihlen -  Managing Director, Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Panel Moderator: Dr. Andri Eglitis - Consultant, MSCI


16.30 Mobility and the Office.  Working in smart cities of the future: implications for investors. - Panel Session

Car sharing schemes are rapidly increasing and bicycles are more popular than ever as people change their habits to reduce their travel to work costs.  Increasing numbers share office space to minimise on costs, more of us are shunning the big corporations for an independent working life.  The Euref Campus in Berlin is an exciting experiment on the way we may all be working in the future in a carbon neutral environment.  What are the opportunities for investors? 

Panel Members:

Wolfgang Rips - Treuhänder, Berlin Hyp AG

Frank Brehm - Innovation Centre of Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ GmbH)

Jess Stevens - Associate - Sustainability, GVA

Panel Moderator: Ingemar Hunold - Project Manager Sustainable Real Estate, Union Investment


17.00 Closing Remarks and Close


Networking Drinks Reception