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Fri 2 Sep 2016
Hello and welcome to this brand new website, which has been built specifically for the 7th Annual 40 Percent Symposium, taking place on 3 November at the Regent Hotel in Berlin. Background 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. 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. New Hosts & Organisers One of the biggest...

Tue 9 Dec 2014
We are delighted to host a guest blog by Jess Stevens, Associate, Sustainability at GVA.  The blog centres around the shift in attitude towards the topic of sustainability for UK Fund Managers and Investors. Jess writes: GVA recently released the fifth report in their Green to Gold series, a survey which investigates how UK fund managers and investors currently view and factor the risks attributable to rising sustainability regulation and market demands.  Since our first report in 2007, we’ve witnessed a significant shift in attitude towards sustainability. The 2014 results highlight consistent trends of increasing consideration, incorporation and reporting of sustainability issues in investment decisions and activities. More than half of the respondents believe that the market no longer sees sustainability as just a ‘nice to have’, but rather that it is starting to be or is already being considered a key driver of investment performance. In addition, 94% of UK fund...

Mon 1 Dec 2014
40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike reflects on the second 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt held on the 5th November 2014 at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. Three clear themes emerged through the day and the real estate industry must grapple with these if sustainability is to be a value driver rather than just “something to be added to a property’s details. These are: 1.       The property industry needs to move beyond the narrow definition of sustainability in terms of energy management and embrace the broader elements of ESG used at a corporate level. 2.       Data collection needs to be done only once in a recognised format, that includes the principles of ESG, so that real estate is more readily a part of a company’s overall reporting structure. 3.       If certification and labels such as EPCs are to be effective much more needs to be done to identify the value...

Tue 11 Nov 2014
We are delighted to announce a second successful 40 Percent Symposium was held in Frankfurt on the 5th November.  The day sparked interesting debate using our unique panel format and it certainly proved to be very insightful.  We are delighted with the feedback we have received which we will be sharing shortly, along with our summary of the discussions. You can find out more about the event in IP Real Estate's recent article which you can view here.  

Wed 22 Oct 2014
Thanks to IP Real Estate for featuring us in their latest news alert: The 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt, 5th November 2014, Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof.   The 40 Percent Symposium has established itself as the leading resource for those working in the commercial property industry, with a focus on sustainability and the impact this topic has on the value of commercial property. Our mission is to bring to you the latest thinking on sustainability in commercial property, investment, occupation and ownership. We have held several conferences in both London and Frankfurt over the last three years and are pleased to attract the leading industry figures as our delegates. Our next Symposium is on the 5th November 2014 in Frankfurt and we are delighted to once again have secured the support of industry leading speakers including: François Cantin from Unibail-Rodamco, Simon Cox from Prologis, Sander Paul van Tongeren of APG Asset Management, Dr. Robert Gabriel from PE...

Fri 10 Oct 2014
The final few Early Bird tickets for the 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt 2014 are available until the 15th October - with a very limited number still for sale. From the 16th October tickets will be available for 850.00 EURO.  Early bird ticket prices are 750.00 EURO.  All prices are subject to VAT. You can register for your place here.

Wed 8 Oct 2014
40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike recently attended Expo Real for a series of very positive meetings with our speakers, partners and sponsors.  As part of the Expo Real programme, John chaired a session for Green Rating Alliance called - 'Common platform for sustainable measurement - is it ever possible?'  Panelists were: Ralph Wood of AXA Real Estate Investments, Christoph Wildgruber of Allianz Real Estate and Christiane Conrads of DLA Piper.   John writes: "The seminar was very well attended. On a show of hands the audience was equally divided on whether one system platform to include portfolio and individual building measurements was needed or whether the current multi-system of measurement and certification was better. As one delegate said - 'I do not want one system holding me to ransom.'  ‎However an alternative view expressed was that a single data house such as Google or Microsoft could house all data supplied by GRESB...

Fri 3 Oct 2014
Our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof presents a great opportunity for industry leaders to meet and debate the key topics within the industry right now.  There has been much debate around the issue of reporting standards and within this blog, 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike FRICS discusses the importance of the session in the next of our conference spotlight series. John writes: "The session, 'Multiple Reporting…is it really necessary?'  at the Frankfurt 40 Percent Symposium will focus on the difficult issue of exactly which reporting standard should you adopt. There are at the moment least 9 and still counting, standards in use ranging from the Global Reporting Initiative to those at a building level such as BREEAM.   As one of our investors said, 'can we have just one standard?'  The fear he has is that having developed their systems to work with one standard regulators then...

Mon 22 Sep 2014
  The green bonds market and how this will impact on real estate in the future is a hot topic at our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November.  One of our speakers François Cantin, who is Group Director Property, Maintenance, Purchasing and Sustainability at Unibail-Rodamco gives us a sneak preview into the principles behind Unibail-Rodamco’s first ever green bond issuance for €750 million and the position he will be taking in our 'Green Bonds and Green Real Estate Funds' session at the conference in Frankfurt.   François writes: "Last February, Unibail-Rodamco issued the first "Green Bond" for a real-estate company in the Euro market (€ 750 million, for a fixed coupon of 2.5% and a 10-year maturity). This "Green Bond" has met with great success, placement having been 3.4 times oversubscribed with an order book reaching over €2.5 billion in less than 2 hours. This issuance is part of the Group’s strategy to...

Fri 19 Sep 2014
As our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November draws closer, 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike, spotlights one of the sessions featured on the programme - 'The Link between Sustainability, Shareholder Value and Investment Management.' John writes: "A major topic for all previous 40 Percent Symposia has been defining the relationship between Sustainability, Shareholder Value and Investment Management. Larger companies now embrace sustainability but the issue remains on how medium and smaller sized companies can benefit in a cost effective way. Our panel of Roger Baumann, Head of Business Development at Credit Suisse Real Estate Management, Alex Edds, Interim Head of Sustainability at TIAA Henderson and Professor Dr. David Lorenz of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will look at ways in which the benefits of sustainability can be more broadly understood and acted upon. The panel will also look at why the ESG strategies of the investors/pension...

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