Property Forum’s next free-to-attend virtual event will focus on sustainability in real estate. Environmental, social and governance factors, alongside financial factors, are playing an increasingly important role in the investment decision-making process for many companies. Leading international experts will come together at our European ESG Forum to discuss sustainable real estate strategies for the future and to provide a deeper insight by going beyond the buzzwords.
Globe Trade Center has presented its first-ever ESG report, summarizing the group’s achievements during 25 years across its six markets. The 2020 report presents data on GTC’s engagement in sustainable development, responsible construction and asset management, collaboration with local communities and responding to stakeholders’ expectations. GTC is the first among commercial developers to present an ESG report on the CEE market.
CTP announced that in its first-ever ESG Risk rating, carried out by Sustainalytics Inc., the company achieved a low-risk score of 11.0. The ESG Risk score measures the degree to which the enterprise value of a company is exposed to material financial impacts from ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors. A score of 11.0 places CTP in the lower end of the “low-risk” category, which on the Sustainalytics scale ranges from 10–20.
CTP has purchased 460 hectares of forest in Eastern Czechia, raising the total forest the company owns to 560 hectares. The purchase is part of CTP’s strategy to own one sqm of forests for every one sqm of buildings it has, and with this ownership, to restore and protect the forests’ native biodiversity. This purchase brings CTP to the 89% benchmark of this goal.
ESG considerations play an increasingly important role in investment, financing and location decisions across the real estate industry. Four Colliers experts talked to Property Forum to discuss the role of sustainability in the post-COVID-19 world.
BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management (BNP Paribas REIM) has successfully launched the first property fund that sets out to be compliant with the 2015 Paris Agreement, a landmark agreement that brought nations together to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.
The geopolitical diversity of the EMEA region means that there are multiple economic and business permutations to consider in light of a new first term for President Biden and the Democratic party. There is a strong likelihood that the EU and national EEA (European Economic Area) governments will cooperate more openly with the United States under President Biden. Outside of the EEA, in Middle East, Africa, Russia and Turkey ongoing relationships will be more mixed.
While in Poland over 20% of investors are favouring projects that have high ESG-related ratings (which is fourth highest figure globally), Hungary and the Czech Republic are the two countries with the highest share (over 40%) of respondents saying that ESG considerations play no role when they evaluate projects, according to the latest results of the RICS Global Commercial Property Monitor.
Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate is improving the carbon footprint of its portfolio within the scope of its ESG strategy. The real estate portfolio is gradually being converted to an environmentally-friendly supply of electricity from ecological sources and heat from carbon-neutral natural gas. In joint undertaking with the Hamburg-based energy provider Lichtblick, a total of 126 properties are currently being converted to the use of green electricity. This will allow for a reduction of carbon emissions in the portfolio by around 7,500 tonnes annually. Warburg-HIH Invest will also be gradually converting its entire European real estate portfolio to green electricity.
Westinghouse Electric Company will occupy a space of over 1900 sqm in the Zabłocie Business Park B office building in Kraków. JLL represented the tenant during the contract negotiation process.
Grupa Azoty, a producer of fertilizer and chemical components has extended its lease in the Warsaw Trade Tower. The company occupies 1,160 sqm in the skyscraper, which is owned by Globalworth.
108 Agency Slovakia has mediated the lease of 720 sqm for its client Mercurtrade in Beta – Car Park Pezinok.
Spaceflow, a tenant experience company, appoints Ken Norton as its Vice President of Sales. Among Norton’s goals is to accelerate the growth of its client base, while scaling Spaceflow's sales team in their international markets and optimizing the sales processes. Norton joined Spaceflow after three years as Head of Sales at LandInsight, now Landtech. Prior to joining LandInsight, he was in Business Development at Estates Gazette.
Benoit Lheureux will replace Gerard Gallet as a CEO of Auchan Polska. Gerard Gallet will remain a Member of the Board.
Tomasz Łapiński, former CFO of Cordia Poland, has returned to the company as Development Director and Vice President. He will be responsible for strengthening Cordia's position in Poland, its development and further integration with Polnord.
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