Sasha Njagulj, Global Head of ESG for Real Estate, DWS, drew upon her extensive knowledge and expertise to clarify the complicated and rapidly evolving landscape of ESG regulation. She provided a snapshot of the commonalities and differences of SFDR and EU Taxonomy and explained how they approach and implement the regulations at DWS.
Justin Travlos, Global Head of Responsible Investment, AXA IM Real Assets, brought out the concerning truth of the large gap between the Paris Agreement goals and the real estate industry’s current pledges and ambition to net zero. With his thought provoking presentation, he spoke about the challenges of implementation as well as the practical steps to get net zero.
Abigail Dean (seminar moderator) chaired a lively and insightful panel debate on the strategies and solutions on delivering net zero. Andrea van Buren, Senior Portfolio Manager Real Estate, MN; Sidsel Green, Head of Impact & Insights, Urban Partners; Brett Ormrod, Net Zero Carbon Lead, LaSalle Investment Management; and Justin Travlos, Global Head of Responsible Investment, AXA IM Real Assets shared a wide range of perspectives on the challenging task to achieve 2050 goals and emphasised the importance of acting now.
Emily Hamilton, Head of ESG, Savills IM opened a new discussion and presented on the importance of biodiversity in real estate and integrating nature based solutions into climate resilience plans. She explained how they embed biodiversity considerations into the real estate investment life cycle at Savills IM.
In the afternoon session, Shuen Chan, Head of ESG, LGIM Real Assets shared their inspiring approach to place based social impact for the real asset sector. She spoke about why the social impact matters, what it means for investors and how to measure it. Presenting their four pillar approach to social impact ‘community’, ‘commercial’, ‘collaboration’ and ‘catalytic’, she highlighted the importance of making the social impact strategies scalable for the portfolio.
Emily Chadwick, Head of ESG & Risk, JLL explained how ESG strategies could impact asset value and risk. She pointed out the trends indicating current and upcoming value impacts for the sector based on ESG credentials.
During the last panel discussion, Luc van de Boom Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer, Scaler and Phillip Oliver Chief Commercial Officer, Deepki explored the crucial role that technology is playing in the net zero transition.
We concluded the seminar with a break-out discussion on INREV’s new ESG SDDS where we gathered valuable feedback from our members.
You can learn more about the new ESG SDDS here.