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The UK government's chief scientist and 40 Percent Syposium keynote speaker, Prof Sir John Beddington, says that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods, drought and storms over the next 25 years. www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/science-environment-21357520

"UK - Real estate investment managers are caught between the growing sustainability demands of investors and a proliferation of reporting initiatives." To read the full article click here.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), almost half of businesses (44%) believe engagement with business leaders will be the most important factor in successfully implementting sustainability strategy for the future, as edieEnergy reports yesterday. The piece then goes on to report how some companies are not selling sustainability at board level, as Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO John Brock states: "business leaders need to embrace disruptive new approaches to sustainability - noth within our own organsiations and thorugh our value chains."  This sentiment is at the heart of what the 40 Percent Symposium aims to do through our events.  We aim to support senior level managers to help them manage sustainability concerns within their industry to support a movement towards sustainability thinking acorss the board.  It is clear from this article and the study it reports on that board level sustainability education is essential to achieve best business pratice and...

Due to a flurry of bookings we have extended our Early Bird ticket offer for the Frankfurt Conference on the 14th November, until close of business (6pm GMT) on the 31st October.  The standard price for the conference is 750 Euro, but the early bird ticket price entitles you to the special ticket rate of 600 Euro.   For more information about the conference and our fantastic speaker line up, click here.

Resonance Asset Management income fund has led the purchasing of four UK wind farms comprising of a total of 23 turbines producing 23.9MW of electricity.  Investments from Northern Europe and UK corporate pension funds and a UK public sector fund have funded the purchase of four new, operating wind farms.  The wind farms provide the fund with an inflation linked income of between 8% and 10% due to government guarantees in pricing.  For full details please click here.

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...

40 Percent Symposium announces the inaugural London Symposium for Sustainable Commercial Property Development & Management London, June 2011 The 40 Percent Symposium announce the first London Symposium to be held on 23rd November 2011 at RIBA Headquarters in Portland Place, London. This year’s symposium will focus on recognising the growing importance of sustainability in all property decisions. More than 250 Property Directors, Property Investors, Asset Managers and Commercial Property Consultants will be invited to and the conference will provide delegates with an overview, in one day, of the current implications of sustainability in commercial property. The Symposium, the first of its kind, will cover current and future European legislation, certification schemes and their relative advantages, the value of sustainability in strategic decisions and a walk through the myriad of environmental performance benchmarks, occupier and investor strategies, green...

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...

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