Simon Carter

Managing Director, Morphosis  & Founding Chair, Sustainable Digitalisation Project

Simon Carter is Managing Director of Morphosis, an independent sustainability strategy practice specialising in the property sector. With a background in architecture and history heading sustainability in companies, he now works with many of Australia’s leading property groups, as well as other corporates and government.

Simon is also the Founding Chair of the Sustainable Digitalisation Project (SDP), a collaboration across industry, government and academia working to make digitalisation in real estate and cities responsible, ethical and sustainable. In 2018, he authored Crossing the Threshold – a primer for sustainable digitalisation in real estate and cities, co-published by Morphosis and RICS.

Takes part in

  • ESG in Real State SummitView Full Event
  • 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
  • Future of Office Space SummitView Full Event
  • 14:10 - 14:50

    Panel Discussion - Looking at how ESG is driving greater sustainability across commercial real estate

    Before Covid changed the landscape, ESG and the need for greater sustainability was coming of age. Today, tenants have taken up the baton, making it even more important for developers and landlords to design, build and operate with ESG at the forefront as the push towards Net-Zero gathers pace.  

    • Assessing the impact of ESG on Commercial Real Estate and how it has evolved over the last 24 months? 
    • How is technology playing a key role in addressing sustainability issues and enabling commercial buildings to tread more lightly on the planet?
    • Examining the ethical application of technology and what this means in terms of office space. 
    • From construction to facilities management – what can each player in the CRE ecosystem do better to drive sustainable outcomes? 
    • How much of a factor is ESG when tenants are selecting office space? 
    Panellists include:
    Margot Black General Manager Corporate Sustainability, Investa
    Bruce Precious Principal, Six Capitals Consulting
    Jeffrey Robinson Global Head of Sustainability, Aurecon
    May Kay Cheung Senior Workplace Design Manager, Atlassian
    Moderated by:
    Simon Carter Managing Director, Morphosis  & Founding Chair, Sustainable Digitalisation Project
  • Industrial Real Estate SummitView Full Event
  • 15:30 - 15:45

    Examining what sustainability means for digitalisation in Industrial real estate: providing solutions that are smart AND trustworthy

    By Simon Carter Managing Director, Morphosis  & Founding Chair, Sustainable Digitalisation Project

    Digital technologies are providing opportunities for excellent environmental, social and governance (ESG) benefits in real estate. There are also multiple downside risks, which, if not well managed, can lose the confidence of our stakeholders, including tenants and investors. Sustainable digitalisation provides a pathway that helps navigate this dichotomy. 

    • Reviewing examples of the upside and downside possibility with digitalisation 
    • Considering what this might mean for social sustainability in real estate into the future 
    • Applying the Sustainable Digitalisation Principles to help enjoy upside social benefits and avoid harms 
  • 15:45 - 16:20

    Sustainability Fireside Chat - Industrial Grade ESG - How design and technology are the keys to Industrial Real Estate sustainability

    The global real estate sector is the largest contributor to the global climate crisis. In this session we examine why this culpability is driving big changes in how architects, builders, owners, operators and tenants are all working to tread more lightly on the earth and instil sustainable principles across the industrial landscape. In this session, we examine the technologies that are enabling the move towards sustainability and the ESG principles making it possible: 

    • How is climate change impacting how we approach industrial portfolios? 
    • Green & circular – using solar panels on the roofs of warehouses and other renewable energy sources to achieve carbon neutrality 
    • What other design and technology methods can be used to reduce energy and water consumption and drive bottom-line impact 
    • What role does procurement, social impact, diversity & inclusion play in industrial construction and maintenance? 
    Guest include:
    Andrew Thai Sustainability Manager, Frasers Property Industrial
    Tamara Williams Director, ESG, Altis Property Partners
    Dr. Michael de Jong-Douglas Senior Managing Director, ESR Singapore
  • 14:50 - 15:10

    Innovation round tables

    In this session, we bring together delegates in a series of 5 facilitated round table discussions, with leading industry experts. Join a table that most interests you and discuss the latest technology and industry trends with likeminded individuals. A 20-minute facilitated discussion will run back-to-back from 2.50pm to 3.10pm. Coffee and networking will also start at 3.10pm for those who do not wish to participate in discussion groups.

    Round Table 1: Warehouse Design, Construction & Fit-Out – Led by David Sanders, Director, FDC Building

    Round Table 2: Warehouse Management – Led by Peter Stephan, Systems Engineering Lead, Cisco Meraki and Steven Krowitz, Inside Sales Manager – ANZ, Cisco Meraki

    Round Table 3: Smart Industrial Buildings Led by Paul Suhr, Federal Government & Public Sector Enterprise Specialist, Cisco Meraki and James Mckee, IoT & Edge Intelligence, Cisco Meraki

    Round Table 4: Sustainability – Led by Simon Carter, Founding Chair, Sustainable Digitalisation Project

    Round Table 5: Capital Markets Investor Insights – Led by Jesse Curtis, Head of Industrial & Fund Manager, Centuria Industrial REIT

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