EPRA & FTSE Russell Sustainability Summit 2023

29th November 2023
Storey Club - Paddington Central 4 Kingdom St, London W2 6BD, United Kingdom



Panel ''Net Zero Innovation challenges'' (View the recording

Panel ''ESG Policy & Regulations'' (View the recording)



- Registration desk opens at 9am -

10:00 - 10:50 GMT - Keynote speech: The state of the art of Net Zero transition in listed real estate with Guy Grainger, Global Head of Sustainability & ESG, JLL

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10:50 - 11:40 GMT - Panel discussion 1: What the real estate industry needs to do to decarbonise?

Cost of decarbonization: How much will decarbonization cost, challenges, incentives, decarbonization levers

Carbon pricing (that can support decarbonization): two types of carbon pricing, negative impact on carbon-intensive industries, how it frames climate change as a market failure instead of a fundamental system problem, factors affecting carbon price, limitations of carbon pricing policies, is carbon pricing effective? Drivers of carbon prices

Embodied carbon: reducing upfront embodied carbon, embodied carbon of retrofits

Net zero embodied carbon: Is it a possible goal by 2050? What is the biggest challenge to achieve it? What happens if we don’t reach net zero embodied carbon?

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Moderated by Ella Etienne-Denoy, Senior Director, Head of ESG - Business Development & Innovation, Continental Europe, CBRE

  • Derk Welling, Senior Responsible Investment & Governance manager, APG Asset Management N.V.

  • Sebastian Leutner, Analyst, Institut für Immobilienökonomie, representing CRREM

  • Lisette van Doorn, Chief Executive, ULI

  • David Partridge, Chairman Related Argent and Governance Board Chair, Net Zero Building Standard


- Break -


12:00 - 12:50 GMT - Panel discussion 2: What is the impact of Net Zero transition on society and nature?


Green skills / ensuring everyone benefits from low-carbon transition; tackling carbon without creating another environmental challenge


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Moderated by Timon Drakesmith, CFO, Carbon Trust

  • Filip Elland, Chief Sustainability Officer, Castellum AB

  • Tom Walker, Co-Head Global Property Securities, Schroders Investment Management Ltd

  • Jennie Colville, Head of ESG and Sustainability, Land Securities Properties Limited


- Lunch -


14:00 - 15:00 GMT - Breakout session 1: Financing the low-carbon transition

Green Premiums | Brown discounts: concept of green premium vs brown discount, is there data for this to become a quantifiable reality? What makes up the premium? How can we reduce brown discounts, opportunities? 

UKGBC (UK Green Building Council) and its new offsetting guidance, should we be offsetting at all?

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Moderated by Vincent van Bijleveld, Managing Director, GREEN Global Real Estate Engagement Network

  • Janine Cole, Head of Sustainability, Great Portland Estates

  • Carlos Krohmer, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Inmobiliaria Colonial Socimi S.A.

  • Adam Targowski, Group Head of ESG Management, CTP Invest

  • Jan Willem Van Kranenburg, Global REIT Analyst, Cohen & Steers


14:00 - 15:00 GMT - Breakout session 2: Net Zero Innovation challenges


Presentations of 3 different projects:  showcase an approach for existing buildings, one for major refurbishment projects, one for new buildings.

What measures are they implementing?

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Moderated by Andreas Hoffman, Head of Property, Cromwell European REIT

  • Öykü Kurtoglu, Head of Sustainability & ESG, PAREF

  • Charlotte Hopkinson, Head of Sustainability & CSR, Grainger

  • Matt Smith, Head of Sustainability, Shaftesbury Capital


- Break -


15:20 - 16:20 GMT - Breakout session 3: ESG Policy & Regulations


The regulatory landscape in the EU and UK is rapidly evolving, introducing new complexities and challenges within the real estate sector. This session aims to consider these critical regulatory dynamics and their impact on real estate.

SFDR (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation): 6 8 & 9 disclosure requirements in Real Estate assets, definition of "inefficient real estate assets", application of PAI indicators related to social matters, differences in the calculation methodologies between the TCFD (Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures) recommendations and the SFDR’s, inconsistencies with EPC ratings among EEA member states, how to apply the PAI to countries outside of the EEA where the EPC does not exist and where nearly zero-emission building (NZEB) rules are not in effect.

EU Taxonomy: amendment on the Climate EU Tax and the new Environmental EU Tax. Implications, how does it affect the Real Estate? Correlation between the main regulations (CSRD, SFDR).

CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive): sector agnostic requirements, impacts?

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Moderated by Melville Rodrigues, Head of Advisory - Real Assets, Apex Group 

  • Ismail Ben Achour, EMEA Head for ESG Real Estate, KPMG

  • Laura Houët, Co-Head of ESG, CMS

  • Gabriella Zepf, Sustainability Director, SEGRO


15:20 - 16:20 GMT - Breakout session 4: ESG Benchmark and Indices

Exploring the growing relevance of green indexes and their reflection of ESG activities in the listed real estate sector.

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Moderated by Inna Maslova, Equity Research - Listed Real Estate at Degroof Petercam

  • Alan Somerville, ESG Director, Tritax Big Box

  • Solange Le Jeune, Head of Sustainable Investment, Equity Product Management, FTSE Russell

  • Kirsty Riddle, Investment Manager, Premier Miton


16:20 - 16:30 GMT - Closing remarks

- Networking drinks until 18:00 -


  • Date: Wednesday, 29th November 2023
  • Time: 09:00 - 18:00 GMT



The event will be taking place at Storey Club - Paddington Central.
Address: Storey Club, 4 Kingdom St., London W2 6BD

We will soon follow up with additional information and a draft agenda for this event. Kindly note that our Sustainability Summit will be free of charge for you to participate in.

Places are limited, so please register now to secure your seat and you will then shortly receive a confirmation e-mail, including the option to save it to your calendar.

We join our forces together with FTSE Russell for this event!