April newsletter | 2024 GRESB Assessments now live; get your GRESB AP credential today

What’s new in April

April 1 marked the opening of the 2024 GRESB Assessments and, with it, this year’s reporting period. Make sure to review GRESB’s resources — from reference guides and training videos to changes in the GRESB Assessments and helpful articles — to ensure a smooth submission cycle.

Beyond the GRESB Assessments, April has been an eventful month at GRESB and we are thrilled to share exciting news, releases, and updates in this newsletter, including:

  • A majority investment from General Atlantic’s BeyondNetZero fund
  • The forthcoming launch of the GRESB Accredited Professional program
  • The official release of REAL Benchmarks

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Read more about what’s going on at GRESB below. For any questions, please contact us.

GRESB announces majority investment from General Atlantic

We are pleased to share that GRESB has received a majority investment from General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, through the firm’s BeyondNetZero climate growth fund.

General Atlantic will acquire its stake from existing shareholder Summit Partners, which will retain a minority position in GRESB following close of the transaction. GRESB intends to partner with General Atlantic to support its next phase of growth through strategic expansion and product innovation and to accelerate impact across financial markets.

Sebastien Roussotte, Chief Executive Officer, GRESB, commented,

GRESB looks forward to contributing to BeyondNetZero’s vision for climate action powered by technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This vision underpins GRESB’s industry-led approach to creating global standards that increase market transparency and accelerate the clean energy transition.

Read the full press release here.

GRESB Accredited Professional

GRESB is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of the GRESB Accredited Professional (GRESB AP) program, designed to empower professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in sustainability reporting within the real assets industry.

Open to GRESB Members, Participants, Partners, and individuals seeking to expand their knowledge in sustainability reporting, the GRESB AP credential will equip you with the expertise to understand, report, and manage sustainability data and performance within the GRESB Real Estate Assessment.

Take the GRESB AP exam to qualify for the credential and make sure to renew it annually to keep your knowledge current. The AP certificate is valid for 12 months.

Keep an eye out for the announcement of the GRESB AP launch on LinkedIn and on our website in the coming days.

REAL Benchmarks now available

Launched earlier this month, REAL Benchmarks provides deep, actionable insights into the energy and GHG performance of the individual assets in your real estate portfolio. Use this tool today to fill in data gaps with industry-leading estimations and benchmark assets against peers, decarbonization pathways, and your other assets. Interested in learning how the tool works?

Check out the latest episode of The Pulse by GRESB, our new content series. Christina Djambazca, Product Manager, REAL, joins host Parag Cameron-Rastogi, Director, Real Asset Analytics, to discuss how REAL Benchmarks delves into the energy and GHG emissions data of all assets within your portfolio, allowing for detailed analysis of how each asset contributes to the portfolio’s overall performance.

You can also join us online on May 22 for “REAL Solutions – Unlocking real value from asset-level data,” a dedicated webinar that explores the capabilities of the new product suite. During the webinar, you’ll learn more about how REAL Benchmarks can enhance decision-making, improve ESG performance, and bolster portfolio resilience.

How water efficiency drives environmental excellence

Join us online on May 6 for the How Water Efficiency Drives Environmental Excellence webinar, the latest installment of the GRESB Inside ESG series hosted in collaboration with GRESB Partners HydroPoint and Smartvatten.

During the event, we will focus on the crucial role of water data management in driving sustainability and improving GRESB Scores, shedding light on why water data matters and why it plays a lynchpin role in improving the overall ESG performance of assets.

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session where you can ask specific questions on how to propel your organization toward achieving its sustainability goals and elevating your GRESB Scores.

Register for the webinar here.

Request a Pre-Submission Check

The Pre-Submission Check (formerly Response Check) is an opportunity to receive a high-level check of your GRESB Assessment response prior to final submission. This service offers a careful review of your response, concluding with an hour-long follow-up call and a feedback report highlighting issues found with your submission.

In 2023, new GRESB Participants who used the Pre-Submission Check scored 2.9–7.4 points higher on average than those who did not.

The deadline to request a Pre-submission Check is June 1, with calls scheduled between May 1 and June 21 (subject to availability).

Learn more about the Pre-Submission Check.

Foundation update

Foundation Board call for applicants

The GRESB Foundation is seeking applications to fill up to two vacancies on the Board, starting as soon as possible.

The Foundation Board leads the GRESB Foundation, is responsible for advancing the objectives of the GRESB Foundation, and has ultimate responsibility for the scope and content of each GRESB Standard. The current Foundation Board members can be found on the Foundation’s webpage as well as in the Foundation Roadmap.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply before May 24, 2024. The Foundation Board’s selection criteria, as well as its responsibilities, are outlined in the terms of reference.

Standards Committee membership update

The Foundation Board recently voted to add new members to the Standards Committees: Juliette Lefebure (AXA), Georgie Nelson (abrdn), and Nicole Wilson (KKR) joined the Real Estate Standards Committee (RESC) and Mitch Seider (PSP Investments), Cassie Winn (JP Morgan), and Sean Kahn (Rest Super) joined the Infrastructure Standards Committee (ISC). Both the RESC and ISC represent a diversity of organizations, sectors, and geographies and new members are joining just in time to offer their perspective on the updates proposed to the 2024 Standards. We are grateful for their commitment to advance the GRESB Standards and on behalf of the GRESB Foundation Board Chair, Katie Jowett, the RESC and ISC Chairs, and the entire Foundation Board, we are excited to welcome them to the Foundation!

The Board’s selection decision was very difficult as we received numerous applications from highly qualified applicants. The Foundation will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis, and will review applications in the fall to fill several vacancies. We truly appreciate the enthusiasm to support the growth of the GRESB Standards and we will work to engage with all of you as GRESB continues to evolve.

Nareit Leader in the Light Update

Since 2012, Nareit has awarded REITs across several property sectors a Leader in the Light Award based on their GRESB Scores from the Real Estate Assessment, and a supplemental submission evaluating their organizational strategies and performance. The GRESB Real Estate Assessment will continue to be the basis for the annual Leader in the Light Award. However, this year, the supplemental submission will be completed separately from the GRESB Assessment.

To participate in the Leader in the Light Award program, Nareit members must complete both the GRESB Real Estate Assessment and the separate supplement, administered by Nareit. Once all sections of the GRESB Real Estate Assessment are completed and the supplement submitted to Nareit, participants will automatically be included in the Leader in the Light Award competition. Leader in the Light Awards will be presented in November at REITworld.

Case studies

GRESB case studies explore the many ways our community uses GRESB, looking at how our Investor Members and Participants engage with our data and integrate GRESB into their investment processes and decision-making. View our latest case studies:

Upcoming industry events

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2024 | May 2 | Paris, France

Addressing the challenges and opportunities of the sustainable finance market, the Forum aims to accelerate growth while advancing towards a resilient, equitable, and sustainable economy.

Reset 2024 | May 7 | Auckland, New Zealand

Hosted by Property Council New Zealand, this conference dives into real estate ESG, exploring how the sector can align with New Zealand’s pledge to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, while enhancing business sustainability.

7th Sustainable Investor Summit | May 7-8 | Frankfurt, Germany

This event is a strong voice in the DACH region, driving sustainable, responsible, and impactful investing across all asset classes. GRESB’s Max Maywald and David Tassadogh will be speaking at the Summit.

Real Estate Research Institute Conference | May 8-9 | Chicago, U.S.

Attend RERI’s annual event, where industry leaders and researchers discuss the latest trends, innovations, and challenges in the real estate industry.

Sustainability Data America 2024 | May 13 | New York City, U.S.

Learn first-hand from investors what data they are interested in and hear from industry-leading companies on their experiences building successful sustainability strategies. Asset Impact’s Noemie Klein will be speaking at the event.

GRESB Investor Masterclass | May 14 | Melbourne, Australia & online

Hosted by HESTA, this event consists of case studies from GRESB Investor Members, reflecting on how they use GRESB data and analytical tools to supercharge their responsible investment and investee engagement process. GRESB representatives will also offer updates on the GRESB Standards and new investor products and services.

SuperReturn International | June 4-7 | Berlin, Germany

Get the inside track on innovation, ESG, growth, private debt, value, regeneration, and return at private capital’s most senior and global gathering.

See our events calendar for a full overview of upcoming events.


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