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Planning has started for the 2nd Frankfurt Symposium in 2014 with John visiting Frankfurt recently to meet with prospective sponsors. Whilst details are confidential at the moment, discussions were held over two days with various key organisations. It is hoped to be able to announce the full list of sponsors before the end of March in conjunction with the official launch of the conference programme, We can announce that  the RICS, GreenRating and DGNB have again confirmed their support. We hope also to be able to announce soon the support soon of a very significant property organisation.  IP Real Estate will join us again as our media partner.  We are delighted to continue our relationships with each of these organisations.  You may have noticed that we have also been busy in revamping our home page on the website to reflect the work that is now being done for Frankfurt 2014.  More details regarding the Frankfurt Symposium 2014 will follow but you...

Schneider Electric become the latest gold sponsors of the London conference in September. Already confirmed are Skanska, Dalkia and Savills. Schneider are global specialists in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries. 

The 40 Percent Symposium announces a great speaker line up and some hot topics for this years event for anyone involved in sustainability in Commercial Property London, 8th July 2013 - The 40 Percent Symposium announces an industry leading line up of speakers for the conference on 18thSeptember 2013. In addition to the keynote speaker Professor Sir John Beddington, most recently the UK Government Chief Scientist, whose focus will be on presenting the urgency of need in tackling climate change in the commercial property sector.  A key debate on Responsible Property Investment will be lead by Jenny Pidgeon, RPI Director of Henderson Global Investors. Other key sessions during the day will focus strongly on the impact of sustainability on the investability of property and risk with panellists Miles Keeping, Deloitte Real Estate, Chris Perkins M&G real Estate, Dr Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Deloitte Research Fellow University of Reading who will specifically look at the issues for...

The IPCC report published last week will warn that it is 95% likely that human activity has driven climate change since the 1950s. The UK Government Scientist said today we can expect significant climate disruption in the future. The property industry is a major part of every developed economy in the world and increasingly developing economies. It therefore has a huge part to play in reducing emissions. It cannot do this without accurate measurement.  As Thomas Stocker, the co-chair of the report depressingly put it: “we are committed to climate change…for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 stop.” To read a full summary of the report please visit The Economist online pages here.

Dr Brian Motherway was one of our speakers at our London 2013 conference. Dr Motherway is the Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).  Under the Better Energy schemes which are administered by SEAI, the Irish government will spend the equivalent of £10.8 million on more than 80 community energy projects by the end of 2013. The projects will include energy efficiency upgrades to over 3,500 homes and more than 290 public and community buildings.  Delivering the projects will achieve a 7m Euro annual energy savings as well as creating more than 300 full time jobs. To read the full article by eddieEnergy click here.

A US survey by Cushman & Wakefield on the extent to which sustainability influences investment decisions found that 72% of real estate investment managers interviewed said they had established sustainable policies in their organisations. It also found that European investors were ahead of their US colleagues in the adoption of sustainable investing. You can read the full report in the attached PDF.  

Last week The European Union's Executive called for a 40% goal in reduction of carbon emissions in the next 16 years.  The 40% cut is based on 1990 levels and will be enforced for all European Union Member States.  For more information click here.

In a recent interview with Jeff Goodell for Rolling Stone, Bill Gates talks about his views on climate change with some interesting observations.  The overriding theme of the interview is that he is extremely optimistic that science will find solutions to climate change issues. You can find the relevant climate change section via Sustainable Business.com here.  

The impact of sustainability on debt and lending in the UK property market delivered to HSBC on 15th May 2013 by John Pike, MD , 40 Percent Symposium and Andrew Innocent, Associate, Savills Valuation. Please register here to access all our downloadable documents  

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