“The future of sustainable real estate” – Bernhard Setzwein at the crenet expert talk
Bernhard Setzwein discussed with Mira Skalski from Arcadis and Dr. Chris Richter from Animus on aspects related to the future of sustainable real estate. Andreas Schulten from bulwien gesa led through the expert talk, which took place online on November 18, 2020.
At first glance, logistics properties don’t seem to be the epitome of sustainability. According to Mr Schulten the industry has not paid much attention to the “planet”, but more to “profit”.
“We receive a lot of questions about ESG and sustainability from investors as well as from our tenants, including large international corporates,” replies Bernhard Setzwein. “Regardless of whether it is an existing or a new building, there is a wide range of implementing sustainability in logistics properties. They have for example have large (roof) areas for the installation of photovoltaic systems or greenery. Furthermore, roofs can be equipped with a reflective film so that they do not get too hot. Outside there are also many ways to implement sustainable aspects, e.g. by greening the surrounding areas. The use of alternative building materials such as laminated wood beams and sustainable facades also make the logistics property (more) sustainable. ”
Mr. Setzwein received approval from Mrs. Mira Skalski from Arcadis. Every company needs its own roadmap towards sustainability, tailored to the needs of the stakeholders.
In order to be able to work out this roadmap better and more efficiently, this year we had one of our logistics funds assessed according to GRESB. Mr. Schulten wanted to know from Mr. Setzwein how we had positioned ourselves internally for the GRESB rating.
“We have a team consisting of our asset management and the outsourced property management. In addition, we are supported and advised by an external service provider who has experience with GRESB ratings and direct access to the rating system. In the end, most of the work was done by the property manager. The difficulty faced was getting the consumption data from the tenant. And not because he didn’t want to give it out, but because it was ultimately a chore for him. All in all, however, everything went very well and our service provider and the internal teams did a great job.”
At the end, the result of the survey on the question “What will dominate in the medium term: CO² neutrality or social impact?” was announced. Out of 100 participants, 57 people took part in the survey. 70% of the participants chose CO² neutrality. Same did Mr. Setzwein: “The focus is on reducing CO² in order to keep the planet livable for future generations. However, the S in ESG should not be neglected, especially nowadays.”
Have a look at the video summary (in German only):