GRESB Newsletter | Global Results Events & New Case Studies

What’s new in September

We are excited to announce that final Real Estate and Infrastructure Assessment results will be available in the GRESB Portal to both participants and investors on October 3. Public results will be shared later in October.

We ask that participants keep their results private until our embargo date for public communications of October 17. In the meantime, we encourage the global real assets community to join us for our 2022 Global Results Events on October 18 & 19. More information below.

2022 GRESB Results Events

Join us online on October 18 & 19 for the 2022 GRESB Global Results Events for a deep dive into the real estate and infrastructure benchmarks and to look at aggregate performance across regions and sectors. 

We will discuss emerging trends and insights from the benchmarks at a global, regional, and sector level and explore how the community is progressing towards net zero and staying ahead of upcoming regulations.

Online and on-demand, the events can be watched live or at your convenience by registering via the links below.

2022 GRESB Global Results Event: Real Estate

October 18 | 16:00 CEST/10:00 EDT

In addition to discussing insights and trends from the benchmark, we’ll be joined by industry experts and speakers from leading real estate firms to explore the community perspective on net zero. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, GBCA
  • Sukanya Paciorek, Senior Principal, RMI
  • Philippe Bernier, EVP, Strategy & Growth, JLL Canada
  • Chris Pyke, SVP, USGBC

2022 GRESB Global Results Event: Infrastructure

October 19 | 10:00 CEST/16:00 SGT/19:00 AEDT

In addition to discussing insights and trends from the benchmark, we’ll be joined by leading infrastructure investors and industry experts to explore why assessment participation is more important than just the GRESB score. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Marie Lam-Frendo, CEO, Global Infrastructure Hub
  • Anthony Muh, Asia Chairman, H.R.L. Morrison & Co

2022 GRESB Regional Insights

In addition to the 2022 GRESB Global Results Events, we will be co-hosting a series of GRESB Regional Insights events with our partners that dive deeper into regional results and the important topics various markets face. More details and registration links will be shared soon. 

Foundation Update

Departing GRESB Foundation Board Members

Deborah Ng (formerly of Ontario Teachers Pension Plan) and Alison Schneider (formerly of Alberta Investment Management Corporation) resigned from the GRESB Foundation Board due to changes to their employment meaning that they were no longer employed by GRESB members. On behalf of the GRESB Foundation Board and GRESB BV, we wish to thank them for their immense contribution to GRESB as an organization and to the cause of sustainable real assets over many years.

Looking back to 2015, Deb and Alison were integral in bringing the infrastructure asset class to GRESB, including founding the inaugural Infrastructure Advisory Board and then launching the GRESB Infrastructure Assessment in 2016. Thanks in no small part to their efforts, participation in GRESB infrastructure has grown every year and by 2022 covered over 160 funds and 660 assets.

More recently, their wise counsel helped GRESB establish the GRESB Foundation and governance structure. GRESB is now in a stronger position than ever to continue its mission and realize our shared vision of “Sustainable Real Assets.” Their professionalism, constructive input, key insights, and expert advice have been an example and inspiration to many. Simply put, GRESB would not be where it is today without their incredible support.

We wish them every success in their future endeavors.

New appointments to the GRESB Foundation Board

Shama Naqushbandi, Portfolio Manager, Value Creation & Asset Management, Infrastructure & Renewable Resources at AIMCo and Stéphane Villemain, Head of Sustainable Investment at Ivanhoé Cambridge have been appointed to the Foundation Board, at the last board meeting mid-September. As reported previously, the departure of two board members earlier this year had left two open board vacancies. We offer Ms. Naqushbandi and Mr. Villemain our warm congratulations.

Foundation Board member profiles

Starting this month, we will begin sharing a series of Foundation Board member profiles to give GRESB members and partners insights into the priorities and work of the Foundation and to get to know each board member. The profiles will provide insights into the member’s motivation for joining the Board, the future of ESG, and how his or her organization approaches responsible investing. View the first two profiles below:

Coming soon: changes to the 2023 GRESB Standards

We are pleased to share that the Foundation Board reviewed and approved the Standards Committees’ final recommendations on the changes for the 2023 GRESB Standards, during a meeting held mid-September.

The GRESB Foundation is currently working on communicating to our wider audience to inform them about these changes and provide insights into the new Standards development process implemented this year. Stay tuned for a more extensive update in October.

Sharing the 2023 updates this early is part of the new standards operating model and will give members and prospective members more time to prepare for the upcoming reporting cycle. Join us for one of our global results events to learn more about the process and the expected changes.

GRESB Case Studies

Earlier this year, we started a series of case studies that explore the many ways our community uses GRESB, initially looking at how our investor members engage with our data.

We have now expanded the case studies to delve into how managers across real estate and infrastructure integrate GRESB into their investment processes and decision-making – from engaging with investors and benchmarking their performance against peers to identifying risks and opportunities.

We hope that the resulting insights can help current and prospective members gain a greater understanding of the broad value found in ESG data and the role that the GRESB assessments can play in supporting organizational goals.

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GRESB Insights

Through GRESB Insights, we seek to highlight case studies on ESG integration in real assets, data-driven analyses of how the industry is responding to sustainability challenges, and educational articles exploring topics covered in the GRESB Assessments.

This month’s theme was “Net Zero & Carbon Neutrality.’’ Below are the latest Insights:

The topic for October is “Success Stories and Best Practices”. If you would like to contribute, please review our 2022 editorial calendar.

Upcoming Events

Infrastructure Investor Australia Forum | 5 October | Melbourne, Australia

Join Ruben Langbroek, Head of Asia Pacific at GRESB, for a forum about the current trends that are shaping the Australian infrastructure markets.

Health Build Conference | 13 October | Venlo, Netherlands

Future of ESG Data | 17 October | London, UK

Join David Thomas, EMEA Business Development Director at GRESB, for a conference on the rapidly evolving ESG Data industry.

Prodexpo Conference | 24-25 October | Athens, Greece

Join Anna Olink, GRESB’s EMEA Business Development Director, for the annual flagship event in the Real Estate industry.

Real Estate Innovation Festival  | 9-10 November | Sydney, Australia

Join Rick Walters, Chief of Standards & Innovation at GRESB, who will be moderating the panel discussion: Decarbonising new commercial buildings as well as applying ESG to retrofits.

For a more detailed overview of upcoming events please visit our events page

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