Announcing Our New Website and the Opening of Early Bird Registration

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.


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 changes to this year's Symposium is that it has brand new co-hosts and organisers; German consultancy ES EnviroSustain and its UK partner, EVORA.

Here's what my colleague and Managing Partner at ES EnviroSustain, Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve, has to say about this year's Symposium:

“My colleagues and I at ES EnviroSustain are delighted to be co-hosting and organizing this year’s Symposium with our UK partner, EVORA.

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.

This year we have 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 our 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.

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.

The Symposium is supported by our valuable partners and sponsors, among which are Lupp + Partner, GGBA, DIFNI, and Grundfos. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on 3rd November!
— Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve - Managing Partner, ES EnviroSustain

A Message From The Founder

John Pike, Founder and Managing Director of the 40 Percent Symposium, gave us his thoughts on this year’s event:

“I’m very excited by this year’s 40 Percent Symposium being held in Berlin for the first time. We’ll be building on the excellent conferences we have previously held in Frankfurt and London, bringing together some of Europe’s ‎leading experts in the field of sustainability and the value of commercial real estate.

Using the knowledge base from previous years, we will be looking toward what makes a more sustainable future. What are the technologies, ‎standards and ideas which will take us there?

This year I am indebted to ES EnviroSustain and EVORA for their support. Both are leaders in their field and have lots to offer their clients.

I look forward to meeting you on the day. With all best wishes for a sustainable future
— John Pike - Founder & Managing Director, 40 Percent Symposium

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Those eager to reserve their place as soon as possible will benefit from our Early Bird ticket price of €550 if they book between now and 18th September, after which we will revert to the Standard ticket price of €650.

More to Follow

Over the next two months, our experts will keep this blog regularly updated with fresh content on a variety of different sustainability and commercial real estate topics.

For more regular updates, make sure you join the 40 Percent Symposium group on LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter. The official event hashtag is #40PercentSympo.

I look forward to meeting you in Berlin!