"The energy performance certificate needs to become a robust measure of value just like rent and the covenant," writes 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director, John Pike.  Along with the more common factors impacting on property value including building quality, covenant, title and tenure as well as location, John explores the impact climate change has on the value of the property and therefore the importance of measuring sustainability performance accurately and the vital role the EPC and the credibility of EPC's within this element of property value. To read the full article visit I&P Real Estate here.

John has recently been appointed Senior Adviser to Bellrock Property and Facilities Management Ltd. This is a part time role with a leading facilities management provider in the UK. Bellrock operates highly successful managed services for high profile multi-site clients in the retail, leisure and commercial sectors as well as long term contracts for education, healthcare and central government. John is particularly pleased with this appointment and feels that it complements the 40 Percent Symposium by keeping him involved at a property and professional level with the real estate industry. This is a unique advantage to the 40 Percent Symposium and allows John to develop programmes which have a real relevance to the delegates who attend the 40 Percent Symposia. 

40 Percent Symposium launches London Symposium 2012 on the back of the huge success of this event in 2011 London, May 2012 The 40 Percent Symposium launches London Symposium 2012 to be held on 28th November 2012 again at the RIBA Headquarters in Portland Place, London. This year’s symposium will focus on carbon reporting, responsible investment opportunities and cost savings with a range of top speakers. Last years event attracted over 120 senior executives. This years agenda recognises that the Symposium is now seen as a must attend annual event for not only those who need to understand more about sustainability but also those who wish to participate in and push the debate forward through thought leadership and dialogue with their peers. The programme will include top level presentations on carbon reporting, operational costs savings from sustainable strategies, responsible property investment and investment opportunities in a low carbon economy. Delegate feedback from 2011...

Lynda Shillaw, Director of Real Estate, Scottish Widow Investment Partnership; Nick Knight, Executive Director, Valuation & Advisory Services, CBRE Ltd and William Newsom, Director, Savills discuss the Impact of Sustainability on Debt and Lending in London Find out more

FT article: Scientists warn on Arctic ‘economic time bomb’ The rapidly melting Arctic is an “economic time bomb” likely to cost the world at least $60tn, say researchers who have started to calculate the financial consequences of one of the world’s fastest changing climates. Read this article in full

According to EdieEnergy - the majority of investors now view climate change as a material risk and have in light of this upped their commitment to addressing climate change within their investment activities.  The EdieEnergy article discusses a report produced by a number of key climate groups, which found that 53% of asset managers decided to divest or not invest in listed equities based on climate change concerns, while a majority of asset owners (69%) said that climate change integration influenced their fund manager decisions in 2012. To read the full article click here.

The first 40 Percent Symposium Conference to take place in Frankfurt on the 14th November will host an exclusive mix of industry leaders.   We have the most senior speakers ever assembled for a 40 Percent Symposium. The keynote presentation will be from Matthias Kopp from WWF Germany who leads the group of senior industry professionals who will discuss the key themes impacting on the real estate community in Germany and Central Europe.  Represented throughout the day are Deka Immobilien Investment, Union Investments Real Estate, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, WWF, Regensberg University, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, CDP, DLA Piper, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Valad, GRESB, MSCI (acquired IPD recently), PE International, Clifford Chance, ES Enviro Sustain, and Cushman & Wakefield. Full details of the speakers can be found here. The 40 Percent Symposium is a growing community of real estate professionals, sustainability...

According to BP's annual Energy Outlook report emissions will be nearly double in 2035 than the 1990 level as a result of a 41% increase in energy consumption.   The report cites the growth in emissions to the increased consumption in emerging economies (95% of all consumption), with China being the main source of growth.  Established economies will return to a 1990 level of energy consumption, showing a 0.2% per annum growth and this growth will fall from 2030 onwards. Fossil fuels form 27% of the total energy use, with carbon-free sources increasing their share by 5% from 2012 to 2035.   To read the full article please click here.

The Chartered Institution of Building (CIOB) has recently moved from their base in Ascot creating a new sustainable office base.  The building not only creates a sustainable office environment but also saw the implementation of a sustainable construction plan to build the new premises.   The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) SKA environmental assessment tool has awarded the new headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) a gold sustainability rating. To read the full story and comment from CIOB Chief Executive Chris Blythe click here.

According to the new European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today, the European Union is on track to meet emission reduction targets by 2020.   Since 1990 the EU has reduced emissions by approximatley 18% up until 2012.  The EEA report indicates that we are on course to meet the 20% reduction target by 2020.  Moreover all EU countries who have their own individual greenhouse gas reduction targets are also on course to meet their own targets.