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ESG real estate insights

Global perspectives on sustainability and climate

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are at the top of the agenda in the real estate industry and are here to stay.  Market participants, governments, and the wider public demand effective corporate action and the real estate industry needs to proactively address ESG topics from all dimensions.

The impact on real estate players is significant, with impacts from regulatory,  tax,  strategic planning, operations, valuation, data management and more. This series will offer insights from Deloitte member firms around the world and look at ways which real estate firms may want to consider managing ESG programs for results.

We hope you find this series insightful and we would be happy to discuss what impact these topics may have in your organization.

Governance in the real estate sector: addressing the G in ESG

Real estate firms are experiencing increased stakeholder pressure to address environmental, social, and governance issues. But when it comes to the governance component of ESG management, real estate companies face a number of unique challenges. Firms must work to strike a balance between stakeholder expectations and business objectives. This article from Deloitte Israel explores a framework for helping to manage the complexities.

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How can ESG be profitable for real estate?

Despite increasing evidence on the benefits of ESG, real estate companies continue to take a passive approach focused on risk mitigation. A recent Deloitte Canada survey shows how owners lag in giving strategic importance to ESG, even as tenants demand more ESG insights and services and are willing to pay. In this article, we discuss how ESG brings an opportunity to generate new revenue that can directly improve the profitability from ESG initiatives, making a stronger business case for commercial real estate owners and developers.

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Real estate sustainability due diligence

The ability to provide or receive sustainability information in real estate due diligence is becoming more critical. Final and emerging standards and frameworks provide a consistent language for engagement among negotiating parties. Learn more in this article from Deloitte & Touche LLP.

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Empowering real estate players through integrated ESG reporting

Real estate players have began to realize the impact of ESG considerations on the long-term value of their assets. One way to gain better visibility into ESG risks and opportunities is through integrated ESG reporting. In this article from Deloitte Luxembourg we will discuss the benefits of using software for ESG reporting and on what aspects real estate players should look when considering and implementing a ESG software tool.

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Charting a nature positive pathway for the real estate sector

Global nature loss presents a significant challenge for the real estate sector, given its high dependence on natural resources and ecosystem services. If real estate organizations are to ensure their long-term resilience and differentiate from competitors, they will need to reimagine their relationship with nature. In this article Deloitte Australia explains steps which real estate firms can take to move towards nature positive.

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The sustainable (project) cashflow

There is an intuitive value in embedding sustainability into a real estate project. In this article from Deloitte Central Europe, we look for evidence of the inflows and outflows in the cashflow of a sustainable project, as opposite to a non-sustainable project. Those will define the capacity of creating either lengthier cashflows, or with bigger inflows, or both. 

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The spectre of stranded assets—risk or opportunity?

The impact of climate change on asset resilience—and therefore value and performance potential—is accelerating at pace. How can real estate stakeholders strategize to identify, quantify, and mitigate the “value at risk” of asset portfolios through effective stewardship strategies? Explore in this article from Deloitte United Kingdom.

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CSRD—What is it all about for the housing companies

What does the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive mean for your company? Learn more about this new requirement and how firms can consider the data management and other necessary reporting in this article from Deloitte Germany.

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Circular Economy: Obligation of means or obligation of results?

Is circular economy an obligation of result or an obligation of means? Do players actually have to prove that their waste has been recycled or simply show that they have sorted the outgoing flows? This article from Deloitte France explores answers to these questions.

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Bricks and mortar improve lives and livelihoods

We often hear about the negative environmental impacts of real estate and how to reduce them. But in this article from Deloitte South Africa, we look at the positive socio-economic impact of real estate development and operation in Africa and how the sector may drive economic growth and sustainable development across the continent.

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