Green Finance in Real Estate Roundtable Event Report

On 9 May, the GRESB-APREA Green Real Estate Financing & Investing Seminar first examined real estate opportunities in the context of green finance and investment strategies. The seminar, which was supported by the HKGBC and WorldGBC APN, was well-attended by over 130 participants including many HKGBC Members. Josien Piek, GRESB Head of EMEA, and Martins Zurko, GRESB Debt Associate, were both speakers at the event. Ruben Langbroek, GRESB Head of Asia Pacific moderated the discussions. 
The Roundtable co-organised by HKGBC and GRESB on 10 May focused on analysis of the market enablers, relevant frameworks and standards as well as government regulations and the impact to real estate sector, with the presence of professional institutes, think tanks, public bodies and representatives from financial and construction sectors. Speakers discussed the green finance instruments that are available, such as green loan and green mortgage, and how these emerging tools could fill the investment gap created by the opportunities from the climate actions and the Paris Agreement, as well as the development needs in China, while guests were engaged in a dynamic exchange of ideas. Read the full event report here.