The property investment industry is playing an ever more prominent role in people’s lives in many ways. 

Property has always played an important part in investment portfolios, historically as a diversifier against equities and bonds, but in recent years its role as a provider of income in a low-interest-rate, low-bond-yield world has come to the fore.  As a major consumer of energy and emitter of carbon dioxide, property has a prominent role to play in combating climate change. 

​ESG is one of AREF's strategic priorities for 2021: ​

REAL ESTATE

Property is responsible for around 40% of UK carbon emissions and creates the environment in which we live, work and play.  Property funds therefore have a crucial role to play in the ESG agenda.

Environmental:

Through initiatives such as GRESB, which AREF supports, real estate is in a leading position among investment asset classes with regard to measuring and managing environmental impact.  AREF will be working with GRESB, members and other partners to consolidate our industry’s position as a leader in this field.

Social:

Property has a profound effect on people’s lives through architecture, the design of buildings and public spaces, and the training and development of its own employees.  This is likely to become even more important during the “build back better” phase of the recovery from COVID-19, particularly in High Streets and town centres.  AREF will work to ensure that the property investment industry plays its full part in developing a built environment that works for all its users.

Governance:

AREF is a leader in fund governance and transparency through its Code of Practice (Code).  We are working on refining the Code and making it more principles and outcome-based rather than rules-based.

 

ESG News:

Member only content
30 Nov 2021

Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)

23 Nov 2021

Post-event materials: TCFD webinar: enhancing climate-related disclosures

Member only content
23 Nov 2021

Consultations on ESG Ratings and Data Providers

19 Nov 2021

Article in EGI: The ABCs of ESG for Resi

17 Nov 2021

IA event - Data challenges & opportunities with EU Taxonomy and SFDR Regulations

16 Nov 2021

Sustainable finance and climate change disclosures

16 Nov 2021

MEEs & EPCs

10 Nov 2021

IPE article - Opinion: Ensure the right ESG metrics are applied to commercial property

04 Nov 2021

FCA – Sustainability Disclosure Requirements and investment labelling

04 Nov 2021

DWP – Climate and investment reporting

25 Oct 2021

ESG & Impact Investing Committee - Update

18 Oct 2021

Post-event materials - CRREM Analysis Roundtable for AREF Members - 18th October 2021

13 Oct 2021

Thoughts from The FutureGen Committee : 18 months on from the start of the pandemic

16 Sep 2021

Net Zero Carbon

Member only content
10 Sep 2021

FCA consultation on enhancing climate-related disclosures

08 Sep 2021

Quarterly newsletter from Investment20/20

06 Sep 2021

How fund managers can help pension schemes with their TCFD reporting obligations

03 Sep 2021

SFDR & EU Taxonomy

Member only content
01 Sep 2021

Post-event materials - Webinar: FCA CP21/17 Enhancing climate-related disclosures - 1st September 2021

25 Aug 2021

TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures)

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13 Jul 2021

GRESB

View how AREF Fund Members performed in the GRESB Real Estate Assessment in 2019 and 2020

16 Sep 2021

Net Zero Carbon

Watch the 10 minute podcast. LISTEN to ESG experts, LEARN how you'll be affected, WHY you should care and importantly, HOW TO PREPARE!

25 Aug 2021

TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures)

Watch the 10 minute podcast. LISTEN to ESG experts, LEARN how you'll be affected, WHY you should care and importantly, HOW TO PREPARE!

03 Sep 2021

SFDR & EU Taxonomy

Watch the 10 minute podcast. LISTEN to ESG experts, LEARN how you'll be affected, WHY you should care and importantly, HOW TO PREPARE!

16 Nov 2021

MEEs & EPCs

Watch the 10 minute podcast. LISTEN to ESG experts, LEARN how you'll be affected, WHY you should care and importantly, HOW TO PREPARE!

The AREF ESG 5 Year Roadmap

 

Featuring six exclusive short films on:

SFDR & EU Taxonomy
TCFD
Net Zero Carbon
MEES & EPCs
Impact
Scope 3 Emissions

Listen to ESG industry experts explain what each theme is, when you'll be affected, why you should care and importantly how to prepare!

 

 

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ESG & Impact Investing Committee - Activity page

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ESG & Impact Investing Committee biographies

Our committee is made up of ESG industry experts, read full details here.

Past ESG Events

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is important to AREF and is one of our strategic priorities for 2021.

 

For any queries relating to this, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@aref.org.uk.