GRESB expands its ESG coverage of the real assets industry

AMSTERDAM, August 16, 2019 – Since our founding 10 years ago, the idea behind GRESB has never wavered: to provide investors with the data they need to make decisions for a more sustainable real asset industry. That’s why we’re excited to announce that participation in GRESB has grown to cover the ESG performance of more than 1,500 real estate and infrastructure funds, companies and assets, with more than USD 4.5 trillion in asset value.  

2019 Real Estate Coverage

1,005 property companies, REITs, funds and developers participated in the 2019 Real Estate Assessment. The Assessment now covers more than 100,000 assets (of which more than 66,000 reported at the asset level) giving an unrivaled set of ESG data and insights for the real estate investment market.

Looking at our coverage of the private market by fund size, The benchmark covers 723 entities, representing 75 of IPE Real Assets’ Top 100 Global Real Estate Investment Managers (participating with at least one fund) and 47 of PERE 100: institutional capital’s top manager picks.

The listed dataset covers 240 entities, representing 65% coverage of the major developed listed real estate indices. Adding our Public Disclosure Dataset we have full coverage of the major listed real estate indices.

The data combines high-level overall scores with in-depth information across hundreds of ESG data points, including performance indicators such as energy consumption, GHG emissions, water consumption and waste. 

2019 Infrastructure Coverage 

The Infrastructure Fund Assessment increased by 43% to cover 107 funds and the Infrastructure Asset Assessment grew by 40% to include 393 assets. The Asset Assessment participation now covers 30 of the 33 industry sectors across 57 countries leading to deep data insights for investors, fund managers and asset operators.

To add market context to these numbers, 36% of IPE Real Assets’ Top 75 Infrastructure Investment Managers participate in the Fund Assessment, with at least one fund. And the Infrastructure Public Disclosure dataset has full coverage of the GLIO Global Coverage Index.

2019 Resilience Coverage 

316 entities participated in the Resilience Module (comprising 238 real estate and 78 infrastructure participants), doubling the response rate from the previous year. The indicators cover all recommendations from the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) enabling investors to assess climate risks and resilience across real asset companies and funds around the world. 

ESG Data that Changes an Industry

“We can’t solve global problems without a global benchmark to show us where we stand and how far we need to go. That’s why we are pleased to announce another increase in GRESB’s benchmark coverage and congratulate all 1,505 companies, funds and assets that reported on their ESG performance this year,” says Sander Paul van Tongeren, Co-Founder and Managing Director at GRESB. “You are the leaders of this movement and it’s your commitment to ESG integration and reporting that is paving the way for a more sustainable real asset industry.”

The transition to a sustainable real asset industry is one of the most fundamental challenges we face. We can only meet it with reliable ESG information, meaningful global benchmarks and collective action from all our stakeholders as we work towards a more sustainable future. Thank you for being part of the movement.

Join us for the 2019 GRESB Results Events 

We’ll review the 2019 GRESB results, explore the current state of sustainability in our sector and consider what the next 10 years will look like.  In view of the global challenges we face, the stakes have never been higher. We hope you’ll join us.

See dates and locations of the 2019 Results Events


Mission-driven and investor-led, GRESB is the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark for real assets. We work in collaboration with the industry to provide standardized and validated ESG data to the capital markets. The 2019 real estate benchmark covers more than 1,000 property companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), funds, and developers. Our coverage for infrastructure includes 500 infrastructure funds and assets. Combined, GRESB represents over USD 4 trillion in real asset value. More than 100 institutional investors, with over USD 22 trillion AUM, use GRESB data to monitor their investments, engage with their managers, and make decisions that lead to a more sustainable real asset industry.

Claudia Gonella
Marketing and Communications Director
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