25 November 2020 10.15am – 11.15am + Add to calendar Webinar Webinar

AREF Sustainability Series
Event 1 – Net Zero Real Assets: from Ambition to Reality
Webinar for AREF & IPF Members

Wednesday 25th November 2020

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Join this webinar, the first in a series of events from AREF's ESG & Social Impact Investing Committee, regarding net zero in the built environment.

The Carbon Intelligence team crafted this webinar for AREF and IPF members to explain what net zero means for commercial real estate portfolios. During this interactive session we share expertise on what makes a credible net zero pathway and give you the actionable insight to tackle some of the challenges you're facing.

For real estate, not adapting to the climate crisis will risk buildings becoming obsolete, and losing value because they are unattractive to let or purchase.  As an industry, we have a collective opportunity to lead the drive to net zero, and therefore a responsibility to do so.

Sam Carson, Director of Sustainability at Carbon Intelligence will give insight into how a net zero pathway can align with your portfolio's sustainability objectives, consider what constitutes a credible removals strategy and how a net zero programme can make your assets more attractive to investors and tenants.


  • Keynote speaker: Sam Carson, Head of Sustainability at Carbon Intelligence
  • Panellist: Fernanda Amemiya, Sustainability Reporting Manager at Landsec
  • Panellist: Sophie Carruth, Head of Sustainability - Europe at LaSalle
  • Panellist: Stanley Kwong, Associate Director, ESG Origination and Impact, Real Assets at Aviva Investors 
  • Panellist: Georgie Nelson, ESG Manager, Real Estate at Aberdeen Standard

Fernanda Amemiya

Sustainability Reporting Manager, Landsec

Fernanda is the Sustainability Reporting Manager at Landsec, leading all sustainability reporting and ESG engagement with investors and external benchmarks. Fernanda also leads Landsec’s climate change resilience work, including climate risk assessment and disclosure aligned with the TCFD recommendations.

Since Fernanda joined Landsec in 2017, after completing her MBA at Cass Business School, she has successfully led Landsec in improving its performance in key ESG benchmarks, including ranking first in the UK and Europe among peer group both for GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) and DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Index) and A-list in CDP.

Before moving to London, Fernanda worked for the largest Brazilian bank, developing projects in several areas, from process improvement to business model planning and franchising.

Sophie Carruth

Head of Sustainability - Europe, LaSalle

Sophie Carruth is responsible for delivering the sustainability strategy across LaSalle's European real estate portfolio. While she works on all aspects of ESG, her current focus is on developing a pathway to Net Zero Carbon, following LaSalle becoming a signatory to the BBP Climate Change Commitment in Sept 2019. Sophie is a key member of LaSalle’s Global Sustainability Committee and sits on the board of the Better Buildings Partnership.

Sam Carson

Director of Sustainability, Carbon intelligence

Sam is passionate about helping businesses become stronger through sustainability and to use energy more efficiently. Sam has been with CI since 2011 and played a key role in the development of our data services, wellbeing and our approach to our Commercial Real Estate clients. 

Most recently, Sam has directed how we address Net Zero Carbon in Commercial Real Estate. He was a member of the UKGBC Advancing Net Zero working group and the UKGBC Energy Use Intensity Metric working group. He has worked with IPUT, Hermes Real Estate, Aviva Investors and others in the development of Net Zero planning.

Sam is also well engaged in the Commercial Real Estate industry, to help understand the key challenges across the sector. He sits on the GRESB European Benchmarking Committee, the BBP REEB Benchmarking Committee and is a member of the UKGBC Future Leadership Forum Advisory Board, and is a co-author of the UKGBC “Scope 3 Guide for Commercial Real Estate”. 

Stanley Kwong

Associate Director, ESG Origination and Impact, Real Assets, Aviva Investors

Stanley leads ESG origination and impact investment strategy for Aviva Investor’s Real Assets platform, advising investment teams across infrastructure, private debt, and real estate. He also leads the structuring and execution of best-in class green, sustainable or transition financing impact strategies. Stanley is the ESG representative on Investment Committees and Chairs the ESG Origination Forum.

Stanley previously worked in the UK Government and Parliament as an environment and energy specialist, advising MPs on green financing in major infrastructure projects. He has also supported sustainable development programmes for the UN and Hong Kong Legislative Council.

Stanley holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and is undertaking research at Cambridge University’s Sustainability Leadership Institute.

Georgie Nelson

ESG Manager for Real Estate, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Georgie Nelson is an ESG Manager for Real Estate at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Georgie supports Aberdeen Standard’s global real estate investment division to protect and enhance investment performance through integrating ESG in all elements of the investment process.

Georgie represents Aberdeen Standard through supporting various working groups with the Better Building Partnership (BBP), British Property Federation (BPF) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

Wednesday 25th November 2020

10:15 - 11:00am

Call details will be sent to attendees ahead of the call

You can interact, ask questions and start discussions about this event through our Members page on LinkedIn (click here to join), or via Twitter using the hashtag #AREFSustainability 

This webinar is FREE and open to all staff from AREF Fund, Affiliate, Associate and Investor member firms (view our list of members here). We would also encourage FutureGen members to join this topical event. 
Open to trial/non-members for a fee of £30+VAT