Date & Location: 28.10.2021

A #ParisProof Retail Property Sector – How to reach net-zero shopping spaces by 2050?

Despite laudable efforts, the retail real estate industry lacks a common vision and strategy to achieve full decarbonization by 2050. Shopping spaces must become ‘Paris-Proof by 2050’, which means that property developers and investors in retail spaces need to rethink the design, purpose and sustainability of their building portfolios, all while juggling complex relationships with tenants and the impacts of economic downturn.

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The retail real estate sector, which includes owners of large retail parks, commercial retailers, and investors, needs clearly defined targets and tailored pathways on how to accelerate decarbonization, while simultaneously creating buy-in and value for their organisations, shareholders, and customers. On the other end of the spectrum, policymakers need clear roadmap aligned with EU climate targets that will enable the retail property sector to successfully reach climate-neutrality by 2050, while ensuring policy measures do not hamper economic recovery and growth in the short and medium term.

To tackle this issue head on, BPIE, together with a number of leading retail property companies, including Redevco, Longevity Partners, and Nhood, have jointly identified strategic pathways that can be followed and used by the industry and EU policymakers, putting retail on the path to climate-neutrality. The strategic pathways are driven by a common industry vision which seeks to bring industry and policy closer together. To achieve climate-neutrality, collective action and shared responsibilities is vital. 

What you’ll learn

  • What does ‘zero-carbon’ really mean for the retail building sector?
  • What are the strategies and best practices that retail asset owners are using now to decarbonise their portfolios?
  • How do leading industry experts envision the road to decarbonisation?
  • What are the principles and requirements for achieving zero-carbon outcomes?
  • What should be the roles and responsibilities of asset owners, tenants, financial institutions, buildings’ solution providers, and policymakers?
  • How to set clear boundaries for establishing carbon neutrality targets and pathways?

… And crucially, to ensure 2050 climate-neutrality of the retail real estate sector, who needs to do what, and by when?

28th October | 10:00 – 11:30 GMT+2

Opening remarks –  Clemens Brenninkmeijer, Head of Sustainable Business, Redevco B.V.

KeynoteStefan Moser, Head of Unit, Coordination of the Just and Green Energy Transition, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

BPIE report launch: Paris-Proof retail real estate: Who needs to do what, and by when? A vision and policy roadmap towards decarbonised retail buildings, Zsolt Toth, Senior Project Manager, BPIE

Panel discussion followed by Q&A with the audience – “Paris-Proof retail success stories: Challenges and solutions to achieving a zero-carbon retail building portfolio.”

  • Guido den Teuling, Sustainabilty Manager, Redevco B.V.
  • Simona Portigliotti, Director of Marketing, Communications, CSR & Innovation, NHOOD
  • Louise Ellison, Chief Commercial Officer, Longevity Partners
  • Franco Hauri, Senior Investment Manager, Energy Efficiency Fund, Aquila Capital

Closing remarksJoost Koomen, Secretary General, ECSP – European Council of Shopping Places

Clemens Brenninkmeijer
Head of Sustainability, Redevco
Board Member, Redevco Foundation

Since 2016, Clemens Brenninkmeijer serves as Redevco’s Head of Sustainability. He is responsible for setting the overall sustainability ambition for the company’s operations as well as the assets under management and ensuring that these ambitions and targets are embedded in both what Redevco does and how Redevco operates. Clemens has 20 years of experience in retail real estate, all with Redevco in various functions in the UK, Belgium, Turkey and the Netherlands, including as Managing Director Netherlands, Portfolio Director in Turkey and Asset Manager in Belgium.

Stefan Moser

Head of Unit, DG Energy, Unit B3 Buildings and Products, European Commission

Stefan Moser was born in Munich in 1971 and trained as an economist and a lawyer. He joined the Commission in 2000 in DG Competition to work on control of state aid to public undertakings and services, notably financial institutions. From 2005 to 2009, he worked in DG Environment on climate and environment policy, notably greenhouse gas emissions trading, transport emissions and air quality. From 2009 to 2015, he dealt with policy coordination in the Secretariat-General, in particular on climate, energy, environment, transport, agriculture and maritime policies. From 2015 onwards, he has served as head of unit in DG Energy, first on energy security and safety, and then on energy efficiency of buildings and products.

Guido den Teuling

Sustainabilty Manager, Redevco B.V

Simona Portigliotti

Marketing, Communication, CSR & Innovation, Nhood Services Italy S.p.a.

Simona graduated in Political Sciences with a specialisation in Marketing and professional training in new media and digital communication. She began her career in corporate communication at the American agency Burson Marsteller, then moving to the marketing team of Cisalfa Sport. She consolidated her professional marketing experience in the world of video games and entertainment over the course of 16 years, working as Senior Brand Manager for Nintendo and Director of Marketing and Communication for Gamestop America. At the end of 2017 she became Marketing and Communication Manager of Gallerie Commerciali Italia, promoting the Vision 2030 initiative and the
launch of the new name Ceetrus and then Nhood.

Louise Ellison

Chief Commercial Officer, Longevity Partners

Louise Ellison joined Longevity Partners’ board as a senior advisor in 2019 and was appointed as Longevity Partners’ global Chief Commercial Officer in 2021. Louise heads the development of tailored programmes for our partners to achieve their current and future ESG and climate goals. As a member of our Executive team, Louise also advises the Board on strategy and governance. Louise was previously Group Head of Sustainability at Hammerson PLC, one of the UK’s leading property development and investment companies.

Franco Hauri

Senior Investment Manager, Aquila Capital

Franco Hauri is Senior Investment Manager in Aquila Capital – one of the leading pan-European asset manager focused on real assets with EUR 13B AuM – where he is responsible for the origination, assessment and implementation of energy efficiency projects for commercial and industrial customers across Europe. He has more than 20 years of leadership, consulting and investment experience. Prior to joining Aquila Capital in 2019, he worked as Venture Partner in a leading Italian ESCo, where he developed and implemented a strategy focused on the development, financing and implementation of energy efficiency projects. Before that, he was a partner and investment manager at Climate Change Capital, one of the first cleantech funds in Europe, responsible for the sourcing and evaluation of and subsequent investment in companies in the clean energy sector in Europe.

Joost Koomen

Secretary General, ECSP – European Council of Shopping Place

Joost Koomen is the Secretary General of the European Council of Shopping Places, a new pan-European organisation that represents an industry that designs, creates, funds, develops, builds and manages places anchored by retail across Europe. He has been a core part of the team that helped to establish ECSP, and is now responsible for managing all day-to day activities on behalf of members. This includes advocacy, education, research, events and outreach. Joost is also one of its spokespeople, helping to give a voice for the industry that employs more than 6.3 million people, generates an annual turnover of €750 billion and represents almost 160 million m² of floorspace.

Zsolt Toth

Senior Project Manager, BPIE

Zsolt is Senior Project Manager at BPIE where he is responsible for leading BPIE’s work across a number of research projects, focusing on green finance and European policy. Before joining BPIE, Zsolt acted as Senior Adviser at the EMF-ECBC (European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council) focusing on green mortgages and reinforcing the link between building performance, market value and lending risk. Prior to this role, he worked for almost 10 years as EU Affairs Manager at RICS Europe (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) responsible for driving public affairs activity and delivering EU policy in the built environment.

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