EVORA is delighted to be co-hosting the 7th Annual 40 Percent Symposium, taking place on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at the Regent Hotel in Berlin.
Since the first event in London in 2011, The 40 Percent Symposium has established itself as the leading resource for those working in sustainability within the commercial real estate sector, focusing specifically on the impact that sustainability has on the value of commercial property.
Its mission is to bring its delegates the latest thinking on sustainability in commercial real estate investment, occupation and ownership.
Here are five reasons you should attend this year’s Symposium…
1. Return to Germany
This year marks a welcome return of the 40 Percent Symposium to Germany, after having been held in London in 2015. As Germany continues to be a world leader in both the renewable energy sector and sustainable policymaking, Berlin seems like a natural host city for this year’s Symposium.
2. New Hosts & Organisers Reinvigorating the Event
One of the biggest changes to this year’s Symposium is that it has brand new co-hosts and organisers; our German consultancy partner, ES EnviroSustain, and us!
Here’s what my colleague and Managing Partner at ES EnviroSustain, Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve, has to say about this year’s Symposium:
“We are very excited to reinvigorate the event this year and to bring it back to Germany, where the Symposium has always attracted the leaders from the European commercial real estate sector, gaining continuously excellent feedback.
We are also delighted to give our Symposium an even more international and also practical focus with our Best Practice session in the afternoon, when we will be welcoming experts from Sponda (Finland), Vasakronan (Sweden), deematrix and Grundfos (both Germany), and Sonae Sierra (Portugal) just to name a few.”
3. Hear From 15 Guest Speakers
This year’s Symposium has some excellent speakers lined up, including Martin Brühl from Union Investment and Thies Grothe from ZIA in our Politics Session, which will look at Europe’s way to carbon neutrality for the real estate sector.
Our second session will look at not only the risks, but also the multiple opportunities for the sector. We are delighted to welcome Whitney Austin Gray from the United States to talk about health and wellbeing for building users, and Lonneke Löwik from the Netherlands to give you some insights about GRESB and how it can help to better manage all aspects of sustainability.
4. An Engaging, Cutting-Edge Agenda
This year’s Symposium will identify how and if the sustainability discussion/hype around 2007-2011 has found its way into the daily business procedures of investors, landlords, and project developers. Focusing on three core sessions of politics, economics & risks and global best practice, with a keynote address from Martin Brühl, Managing Director of Union Investment and RICS Past President 2015/2016, as well as packed agenda of industry leaders, sharing their insight on the future and best practice of sustainability in commercial real estate.
5. Network With Your Peers From Across Europe
And last but not least… The Symposium is well-known for being an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues, learn from each other’s experiences, and make new acquaintances.
The format of the conference encourages open and informal discussion between industry leaders on the key topics impacting the industry. Key trends and new best practices are highlighted, enabling investors, portfolio owners and project developers to make decisions that will ensure that the investments and acquisitions made in the present, will deliver profit and value going forward, whilst continuing to be sustainable.
“To come to a 40 Percent Symposium is to join a committed and thoughtful audience of like-minded property and investment professionals who understand the need to deliver a sustainable future in property.”
John Pike, 40 Percent Symposium Founder
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