ESG in Real Estate Summit: 8-9 June 2022

Strategy and technology for managing, reporting and communicating your ESG value proposition and progress to net zero

The imperative for real estate owners and investors to respond to the growing impacts of climate change, societal pressure and new regulations has never been greater – and finding the best way to measure and reduce ESG related risk has become a key priority.

Featuring over 50 speakers representing global and local ESG leaders from real estate asset owners and investors, the 2nd Annual ESG in Real Estate Summit explored how players in the Australasian market are adapting to the new paradigm around ESG disclosure reporting and the role new technologies and data can play in bridging the gaps.

The latest insights on all the critical issues, including:

  • Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) in the real estate industry
  • Real estate investment management in the light of ESG
  • Deriving business value from sustainable tax governance
  • ESG data management in the real estate industry
  • RE-thinking Due Diligence – ESG impact on M&A
  • ESG as real estate value driver
  • ESG criteria in real estate
  • Green Leases – In the ESG context
  • Decarbonisation of real estate

WHERE

In-person and Virtual Attendance

Pullman Hyde Park, Sydney

When

Conference: 8.30am – 5.30pm,

8th-9th June 2022

OUR 2022 PARTNERS

Thank you to our Speakers

ANDREW COLE

Group Head of ESG
Charter Hall

LAURA CRAFT

Global Strategy & Investment ESG
Heitman – USA

REBECCA FITZGERALD

Senior Sustainability Manager
Investa

AARON SCOTT

Head of Strategy and Sustainability
PATRIZIA AG – Switzerland

MEREDITH BANKS

Head of Sustainability
Vicinity Centres

MEL ROHAN

Senior Public Affairs Officer, Australia
RICS

JACQUI O’DEA

Chief Risk Officer
The GPT Group

FRANCESCA MUSKOVIC

National Policy Manager – Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Property Council of Australia

DAVID JENKINS

Global Head of Sustainable Finance – Corporate & Institutional Banking, NAB

FOO PENG ER

VP Group Sustainability
CapitaLand Investment – Singapore

EMMA MCMAHON

Head of Sustainability, Australia
Goodman

SCOTT SMITH

Buildings Sustainability Leader, APAC
Beca – New Zealand

AMY HOGAN

Head of Sustainability
Stockland

JON COLLINGE

Sustainability Director
Morrison & Co

ANDREW PETTIFER

Australia Built Environment Sector Leader
Mott MacDonald

MICHAEL TAFE

Head of Risk and Assurance Strategy
Aurecon

ELENA LAMBROS

Partner, Risk Advisory
Ashurst

GREG THONG

Director, Sustainable Corporate Solutions
Sustainalytics

WILLIAM DERMODY

Head of Enterprise Risk & Compliance
Charter Hall

STEVE FORD

Head of Sustainability & Energy
The GPT Group

EMILY TONKIN

Executive Director, Sustainable Finance
ANZ

IAN LIEBLICH

Head of ESG
EG Funds

ANGELA CROSSLAND

Social Sustainability Manager
GPT Group

TIM WEALE

National Sustainability Manager
SCA Property Group

DEB NOLLER

CEO
Switch Automation

JULIA HALIOUA

Sustainability Advisor
Frasers Property Australia

MÅNS CARLSSON

Head of ESG Research
Ausbil Investment Management

MAX VAN BIENE

Head of ESG & Sustainability Strategy
Edge Environment

SHARANJIT PADDAM

Principal – Climate & ESG Risk
Finity Consulting

LINDA J. ISAACSON

Partner, Head of ESG and Impact
ACRE – USA

ARI FRANKEL

Managing Director, Head of ESG
Solebury Trout – USA

PRU BENNETT

Partner
Brunswick Group

HARDIK SHAH

ESG Practice Lead
GMO – Singapore

TAMARA WILLIAMS

Director ESG
Altis Property Partners

ALEX GOLD

Head of ESG
BWD Strategic – USA

ANITA MUSTAC

MD Investor Relations
LaSalle Investment Management

ANNE MARTINELLI

Interim Executive Director
ASBEC

MEGALI WARDLE

Acting Head of Market Development
NABERS

SIMON CARTER

MD, Morphosis
and Founding Chair, Sustainable Digitalisation Project

ASHLEIGH BOTHA

Sustainability Manager
Laing O’Rourke

SIMON WILD

Founder & CEO
Andefena

NICOLE SULLIVAN

Head of Strategy and Impact Australia
thinkstep-anz

MIKE MOBILIA

Finance Director
Amicus

NATHAN BROGDEN

Group Sustainability Manager
Downer

DR LOUISE CAMENZULI

Partner and Head of Environment and Planning
Corrs Chambers Westgarth

JAMIE ALLEN

Secretary General, Asian Corporate Governance Association – Hong Kong

DEAN BLOMSON

Adjunct Professor, Governance Transformation
UTS

PHOEBE ROBERTS

Global Director of Implementation and Built Environment Lead
The Chancery Lane Project and Senior Associate, Climate Risk Governance, MinterEllison

IAN WOODS

Co-founder
Investor Group for Climate Change

KATE GRIFFITHS

Executive Manager, Public Policy and Advocacy
Australian Council of Superannuation

TOM ELLIS

Entrepreneur in Residence
REACH Australia

MILA CERECINA

Executive Director
Pollination

PETER GAJDOŠ

Partner, Co-Lead, Climate Tech
Fifth Wall – USA

JUSTIN SIRES

Chief Evangelist & Head of ESG
Five at Heart

MIKE MOBILIA

Finance Director
Amicus

LIZA MCDONALD

Head of Responsible Investments
Aware Super

PAOLO BEVILACQUA

Group Sustainability Lead, GM Real Utilities
Frasers Property Australia

SIMON WHISTLER

Head of Real Assets
Principles for Responsible Investment – UK

MELISSA SCHULZ

GM Sustainability Global Real Estate
QIC

JO-ANN GAMBLE

National Sustainability Manager – Investment Management
Lendlease

KATE TURNER

Responsible Investment Specialist
First Sentier Investors

DEVAN VALENTI

Manager, Asia Pacific
International Well Building Institute

MARK POWER

Manager, Build-to-Rent Impact Fund
Qualitas

PHIL COWLING

Director
Build-Apps

REBECCA JINKS

Head of Sustainability & ESG, Asia Pacific
Cushman & Wakefield

BRAD FILLIPONI

Co-Founder & Director
BoxBrownie.com

DAVID PERRY

Co-Founder & CTO
BOOMPower

CHRISTIE NAUMOVSKI

Strategy & Investment Manager
EGX

Summit Program

  • Day 1June 8, 2022
  • 08:00 - 08:55

    Main conference registration and morning refreshments

  • 09:00 - 09:05

    FuturePlace welcome

    By Rod McLauchlan Director, Asia - FuturePlace
  • 09:05 - 09:10

    Chair's welcome

    By Christie Naumovski Strategy & Investment Manager, EGX
  • COLLABORATION ACROSS VALUE CHAINS

  • 09:10 - 09:35

    Working with stakeholders to create ESG real estate projects with net zero outcomes

    By Paolo Bevilacqua Group Sustainability Lead, GM Real Utilities, Frasers Property Australia

    With ESG now playing a much more prominent role in how companies operate, investors are embedding ESG considerations into every stage of the property lifecycle, from due diligence to acquisitions and from leasing to asset management. The challenge is to ensure that business partners support the initiative.

  • 09:35 - 10:20

    Panel discussion: How ESG and sustainability programs are being integrated and reported across the property value chain

    Investors want to know that companies are acting on their ESG risks. Our panel shares what this means in terms of integrating ESG and sustainability strategies within corporate operations and how they engage with business partners, tenants, and customers on addressing and reporting shared ESG risks.

    Panellists include:
    Emma McMahon Head of Sustainability, Australia, Goodman
    Amy Hogan Head of Sustainability, Stockland
    Andrew Cole Group Head of ESG, Charter Hall
    Scott Smith Buildings Sustainability Leader, APAC, Beca - New Zealand
    Jon Collinge Sustainability Director, Morrison & Co
    Moderated by:
    Rebecca Fitzgerald Senior Sustainability Manager, Investa
  • 10:20 - 11:00

    Extended coffee and networking break

  • APPROACHES TO ESG RISK ASSURANCE

  • 11:00 - 11:20

    Change or be changed – innovative technology investment approaches to improving ESG performance

    By Mel Rohan Senior Public Affairs Officer, Australia, RICS

    ESG data underpins the fast-evolving landscape of sustainable investment. It helps guide the allocation of trillions of dollars of ‘ESG aware’ investment capital. The coming revolution in ESG data will be forward looking and tied to real-world impact – tracking towards science-based targets and an inclusive economy – and testing if management is transition-ready.

  • 11:20 - 11:45

    Understanding perceptions of ESG risk in construction and the impact of digital transformation

    By Andrew Pettifer Australia Built Environment Sector Leader, Mott MacDonald

    The fact that digital project models enhance stakeholder collaboration is well known, but developments in technology mean you can go further. Carbon is fast becoming the new bottom line. Applying digital technology specifically to the problem of cutting carbon can deliver inspiring results.

  • 11:45 - 12:30

    Panel discussion: From materiality to risk mitigation - Risk and governance advisors on ESG impact ratings, shared accountability and the implications for ESG executives

    ESG risk management does have its unique challenges, but in many ways the task is similar to other risk management efforts that companies have had to confront for years. You just need the right approach to assessing risk and the right tools to tame it.

    Panellists include:
    Michael Tafe Head of Risk and Assurance Strategy, Aurecon
    Jacqui O’Dea Chief Risk Officer, The GPT Group
    William Dermody Head of Enterprise Risk & Compliance, Charter Hall
    Moderated by:
  • 12:30 - 13:30

    Networking lunch & exhibition viewing

  • SHIFTS IN CORPORATE ESG DISCLOSURES

  • 13:30 - 14:00

    Sharing the lessons from our net zero journey and ensuring a credible commitment to public disclosures

    By Steve Ford Head of Sustainability & Energy, The GPT Group

    GPT has learnt much from its journey to carbon neutrality so far and now it’s going to apply those learnings to achieve a new target of net zero across its portfolio of managed assets by 2024, six years earlier than intended.

  • 14:00 - 14:40

    Panel discussion: Social impact - Integrating, measuring and reporting ESG’s new social performance metrics

    Social metrics (including human rights, diversity and inclusion, wellness and community engagement) are very hard to track, especially along the supply chain. Nevertheless, these risks are becoming more important to regulators, investors and customers. Where are the biggest gaps in social performance metrics and how should we disclose and measure them?

    Panellists include:
    Ian Lieblich Head of ESG, EG Funds
    Angela Crossland Social Sustainability Manager, GPT Group
    Meredith Banks Head of Sustainability, Vicinity Centres
    Tim Weale National Sustainability Manager, SCA Property Group
    Moderated by:
    Devan Valenti Manager, Asia Pacific, International Well Building Institute
  • NETWORKING ROUNDTABLES – ESG ACROSS THE SECTORS

    We invite our delegates to join our interactive roundtable discussions. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in moderated roundtables featuring experts to kick-start the conversations. Our roundtables will run for 40 minutes with a 10 minute group summary at the end. Great for candid conversations and networking.

  • 15:20 - 15:50

    Networking break & exhibition viewing

  • ESG DATA INTEGRITY & ESG PERFORMANCE

  • 15:50 - 16:10

    ESG data integration and the Return on Sustainability strategy

    By Foo Peng Er VP Group Sustainability, CapitaLand Group - Singapore

    CapitaLand was one of the first companies in Singapore to voluntarily publish an annual Global Sustainability Report and externally assure the entire report. The business actively leverages sustainability trends and ESG data analytics to track critical performance across its operating properties and development projects.

  • 16:10 - 16:50

    Panel discussion: Ensuring quantifiable ESG data - Sharing approaches to researching, managing and testing ESG performance data

    The challenges for successful ESG compliance are numerous including lack of comparability/standardization, multi-jurisdictional ESG requirements with constantly evolving mandates, and difficulties in data sourcing. We consider how sustainability and ESG professionals are managing this process and how they ensure their conclusions are on the money.

    Panellists include:
    Måns Carlsson Head of ESG Research, Ausbil Investment Management
    Ian Lieblich Head of ESG, EG Funds
    Sharanjit Paddam Principal - Climate & ESG Risk, Finity Consulting
    Mark Power Manager, Build-to-Rent Impact Fund, Qualitas
    Ellie Tang Director, Sustainable Investing, Fidelity International - Hong Kong
    Moderated by:
    Rebecca Jinks Head of Sustainability & ESG, Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield
  • 16:50 - 16:50

    Chair’s closing remarks & networking reception

  • Day 2June 9, 2022
  • 09:05 - 09:10

    Chair’s welcome

    By Ian Lieblich Head of ESG, EG Funds
  • 09:10 - 09:30

    Implementing a long-term sustainable property investment strategy for net zero carbon goals

    By Julia Halioua Sustainability Advisor, Frasers Property Australia

    Retrofitting for sustainable buildings objectives is expensive. How do investors determine whether their building’s green technology strategy is going to last the distance? What new approaches should the construction industry and property developers consider for future proofing their assets? Here we consider the views of a long-term experienced property investor on how to manage climate related building risks.

  • 09:30 - 09:55

    Global Insight: The pathway to net zero. Why it matters and how to set a goal. 

    By Laura Craft Global Strategy & Investment ESG, Heitman - USA

    What is the definition of net zero and how do you actually get there. This session will define what it means, show the pathway and explain how to determine an appropriate goal.  Once a goal is set, there is work to do to lower energy usage and future proof assets.  Setting a net zero goal will not only help manage climate transition risk but it will also attract investors.  

  • 09:55 - 10:40

    Panel discussion: The ESG metrics that matter most to Impact investors when reviewing net zero pathways

    Investors are beginning to assess sustainability across the entire value chain: from planning and development through to operational management and renovations or demolitions. What are the key metrics investors use for identifying suitable ESG/impact opportunities? Do they actually care about ratings and ESG risk disclosures?

    Panellists include:
    Ari Frankel Managing Director, Head of ESG, Solebury Trout - USA
    Pru Bennett Partner, Brunswick Group
    Tamara Williams Director, ESG, Altis Property Partners
    Hardik Shah ESG Practice Lead, GMO - Singapore
    Alex Gold Head of ESG, BWD Strategic - USA
    Moderated by:
    Linda J. Isaacson Partner, Head of ESG & Impact, ACRE and Board Member, ULI
  • 10:40 - 11:20

    Networking break & exhibition viewing

  • NETWORKING ROUNDTABLES: INVESTING IN ESG STRATEGIES

    We invite our delegates to join our interactive roundtable discussions. Great for candid conversations and networking. 

  • 12:00 - 12:30

    TechBytes – Conversation starters

    3 presenters giving quick fire opinions on hot ESG tech topics

  • 12:30 - 13:30

    Networking lunch & exhibition viewing

  • ESG CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

  • 13:30 - 14:45

    Panel discussion: Managing ESG governance - The changing responsibility of the board towards ESG/ sustainability disclosures and stress testing the ESG strategy

    It is fundamental to understand the importance of corporate governance as the driving force behind the other two elements of ESG. Yet, when discussing ESG reporting, the governance element often receives little attention compared to climate risk and social responsibility. This position is beginning to change and boards are now aware that they are answerable for the ESG and sustainability disclosures made by the enterprise.

    Panellists include:
    Kate Griffiths Executive Manager, Public Policy and Advocacy, Australian Council of Superannuation
    Jamie Allen Secretary General, Asian Corporate Governance Association - Hong Kong
    Dean Blomson Adjunct Professor, Governance Transformation, UTS
    Phoebe Roberts Global Director of Implementation and Built Environment Lead, The Chancery Lane Project, and Senior Associate, Climate Risk Governance, MinterEllison
    Ian Woods Co-founder, Investor Group for Climate Change
    Moderated by:
    Simon Carter Managing Director, Morphosis  & Founding Chair, Sustainable Digitalisation Project
  • 14:15 - 15:00

    Panel discussion: The impact of ESG disclosures, ESG performance and net zero statements on sustainable finance

    Binding ESG disclosure obligations are now in place for investors putting capital into Europe or funds marketing there. The regulatory environment is also firming up in APAC markets creating urgency among both investors and financiers to get more certainty regarding ESG performance data before approving transactions.

    Panellists include:
    David Jenkins Global Head of Sustainable Finance - Corporate & Institutional Banking, NAB
    Liza McDonald Head of Responsible Investments, Aware Super
    Kate Turner Responsible Investment Specialist, First Sentier Investors
    Emily Tonkin Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, ANZ
    Moderated by:
    Simon Wild Founder & CEO, Andefena
  • 15:00 - 15:30

    Networking break & exhibition viewing

  • ESG INVESTMENT CHALLENGES

  • 15:30 - 16:15

    Panel discussion: Net zero pledges and pitfalls – Measuring and managing Scope 3 carbon emissions for the built environment – what is expected?

    As pressure builds on the sector from stakeholders to provide further details on its commitment to achieve net zero, it is critical that it is seen to be tackling emissions that fall within all three scopes, not just Scopes 1 and 2. Within commercial real estate it is estimated that 85 per cent of total emissions actually fall under Scope 3.

    Panellists include:
    Dr Louise Camenzuli Partner and Head of Environment and Planning, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
    Jo-Ann Gamble National Sustainability Manager – Investment Management, Lendlease
    Max Van Biene Head of ESG & Sustainability Strategy, Edge Environment
    Moderated by:
    Nicole Sullivan Head of Strategy and Impact Australia, thinkstep-anz
  • 16:15 - 17:00

    Panel discussion: ESG impact vs ESG alpha – Where will ESG investing be in five years’ time?

    Five years ago, the term ESG investing was new. Now, according to the GSIA, one in three dollars invested globally is invested in ESG assets. The problem is that asset managers can construct portfolios branded as ESG in any way they like. Also, ESG funds are measured against benchmarks for financial returns; they are not measured on the impact they deliver. Can sustainable investment really save the world?

    Panellists include:
    Aaron Scott Head of Strategy and Sustainability, PATRIZIA AG - Switzerland
    Peter Gajdoš Partner, Co-Lead, Climate Tech, Fifth Wall - USA
    Simon Whistler Head of Real Assets, Principles for Responsible Investment - UK
    Melissa Schulz GM Sustainability Global Real Estate, QIC
    Moderated by:
    Mila Cerecina Executive Director, Pollination
  • 17:00 - 17:00

    END OF SUMMIT

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

The ESG in Real Estate Summit was a Hybrid event. This format combines the traditional face-to-face conference with virtual elements, allowing both in-person and virtual attendees to access the same content and networking opportunities simultaneously.

High quality curated content

With two days of expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.

Live and on-demand

Wherever you are at the time of the event, you’ll be in control. You’ll have the ability to consume all the content being delivered at your leisure through either a live stream of the physical event or on-demand.

Time efficient

If you are based outside of Sydney and for whatever reason can’t make it to the event in-person, you can save on travel time and accommodation costs while still networking with global industry professionals.

Business matchmaking live

Take part in intelligently curated meetings with like-minded individuals that share similar interests and challenges from all over the world through our AI powered matchmaking delivered via our virtual platform.

Accessible from all your devices

Get insights and network at your fingertips – all content sessions and networking activities will be accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices.

Engage, interact and influence

Make the most of your experience by being a truly active participant. Whether at the event or attending virtually, you’ll have the ability to ask questions, participate in polls, and share your experience with other attendees via break-out sessions.

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