22 February 2018

Breakfast Briefing: Sustainability and Green Buildings

How has sustainability evolved for commercial real estate investors and what value should we place on sustainable practices?

Date: 22 February 2018

Venue: DLA Piper, London, EC2V 7EE

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Join our Property Breakfast on Sustainability and green buildings

Discussion points:

  • What does sustainability mean today for commercial real estate investors?
  • How important are sustainable practices for tenants, investors? Do “Millennial” companies have different expectations?
  • Can sustainability enhance values in terms of higher lease rates or sale prices? Is it a differentiator?
  • How are tech improvements, such as sensors, driving sustainability?
  • Offices are marketed with well-being, but what about other asset classes? What does sustainability mean in retail? How do real estate companies tackle issues like electricity use, car parking and customer footfall?
  • How important are sustainability standards, such as BREEAM and LEED for investors?
  • How can sustainability concerns influence governance / processes? Who takes responsibility for ESG within the company? What does it mean for PPPs/suppliers/ESG generally?
  • There are also some real metrics on cost savings. How does that story influence market participants?
  • Big picture, does it affect where we build? What does climate resilience mean for investors?
  • What are the hidden sustainability benefits of cities?

Speaker panel:

Nehla Krir, Global Head of Sustainability, Real Assets, AXA Investment Managers

Nehla is currently Global Head of Sustainability at AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets. She is responsible for defining and implementing AXA IM – Real Assets’ sustainability strategy and raising the firm’s sustainability profile internationally. Among her responsibilities, Nehla is in charge of the Vision 2030 initiative, which mandates that 75% of AXA IM – Real Assets’ direct real estate AUM be certified with a sustainability label by 2030. She is also in charge of measuring and improving the ESG performance of the assets under management to create value for investors, partners and occupiers. Nehla joined AXA IM – Real Assets in 2014 as Sustainability Manager, contributing to both French and global activities. Prior to this, Nehla held various positions at PwC, most notably as a Manager of Sustainable Business Solutions and as a financial auditor in real estate. Nehla has 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. Nehla holds a Master’s degree from ESTP Paris, a French civil engineering school. She is the Chair of the ULI European Sustainability Council.

Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability, Landsec

Caroline joined Landsec in April 2015, where she is delivering the company’s ambition for industry leadership on sustainability. She is responsible for both setting strategy and delivery. Her work is focused on creating jobs and opportunities, efficient use of natural resources and sustainable design and innovation. Recent achievements include moving the company to 100% renewable electricity provision and setting new science-based carbon and energy reduction targets. Prior to joining Landsec, Caroline was COO of PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team where she worked with a number of clients to develop leading sustainability programmes.

Louise Ellison, Head of Sustainability, Hammerson

Louise joined Hammerson in September 2013 and is responsible for developing Hammerson’s Positive Places initiative and ensuring that its shopping centres and developments continue to meet challenging sustainability targets. Louise joined Hammerson from M&G, where she was responsible for overseeing the sustainability strategy across its real estate portfolio. Prior to this she held the Head of Sustainability position at Quintain Estates. After completing a postgraduate research degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Louise began her career as a lecturer, holding senior positions at University of East London, University of Portsmouth and Kingston University School of Surveying.

Etienne Dupuy, Managing Director – Asset Management Europe, Invesco Real Estate

Etienne joined Invesco Real Estate (IRE) in February 2014 responsible for the European Asset Management function, overseeing a team of 26 dedicated real estate asset managers across seven locations in Europe. At IRE, Etienne is responsible for managing the activities of the asset management functions across its European business in order to maximise investment performance, efficiency and client service. Etienne brings 22 years’ accomplished strategic real estate experience from across all disciplines, focused on generating performance for clients. His extensive knowledge of the pan-European real estate markets has been gained through a number of different market cycles and at high profile real estate firms. Etienne joined from BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Services where he spent five years as managing director. Previous to this he spent nine years with AXA Real Estate Investment Managers. He started his career at Archon Group, an opportunistic and value-add Asset Manager for Goldman Sachs Whitehall funds. Etienne is based in the Paris office and sits on IRE’s Investment Committees and European Executive Committee.


08:00    Networking & Snacks
08:30    Panel discussion
10:00    Close

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