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by Property Forum | Report

Property Forum is proud to be joining the first European World Built Environment Forum as a Media Partner. The event, organised by Property Forum’s long-term partner, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), will be held at the Procuratie Vecchie, Venice, a historical landmark in Piazza San Marco, in collaboration with Generali Real Estate.

The theme for this year’s forum will be ‘Decarbonising Europe’s built environment: a sustainable approach for people, planet and profit’. Over two days and ten insightful sessions, sector leaders from around the world will come together to hold discussions with the aim of shaping the future of the built and natural environment.

According to the UN, the built environment contributes to approximately 40% of all global carbon emissions and RICS as a key influencer within the industry, continues to strive to educate professionals, giving them the resources they need to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.

Sander Scheurwater, RICS Head of Public Affairs AEMEA said: “This is an excellent opportunity for our members and anyone who has an interest in the built and natural environment to get together in this beautiful location to network with people who are passionate about sustainability and future proofing our industry, trading best practice methods as well as hearing the latest industry thinking and innovative solutions to our biggest challenges. “

During the event, RICS will be hosting a Valuation and ESG (environment, social and governance) discussion panel, which will provide professionals with a practical framework for delivering on sustainability goals, ESG investigation and reporting requirements when giving consumers professional valuation advice.

RICS Europe will shortly be publishing a thought leadership paper on the impact of ESG and valuation as well as a forthcoming ESG data list, which primarily targets the asset level but should also clarify the connections within corporate, portfolio, and potentially individual levels, adhering to relevant EU legislation.

RICS is committed to championing sustainable practices across the built and natural environments and empowering professionals to embed sustainability into the way they work.

To help the industry achieve this, RICS has just finished consulting on the second edition of the Whole Life Carbon Assessment standard, which mandates a methodology to track all carbon emissions from the production of materials, construction process, use and disposal of built assets over their entire life cycle. This new edition will be published in September 2023.