9 June 2021 9.15am – 10am + Add to calendar Webinar Webinar

Investor event: Net Zero Pathways

Wednesday 9th June 2021

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The UK was the first major economy to legislate a decarbonisation pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and aims that the UK will reduce emissions by 78% by 2035. Meeting these goals is an enormous challenge including for institutional investors with real estate fund commitments. This webinar explores the challenge, and solutions to be adopted to progress along the pathway to decarbonisation. For instance, what are the barriers that prevent for our real estate sector from starting the low carbon transition, and how can the barriers be overcome?

This webinar is open to AREF Investor members only (by this we mean indirect investors only, rather than those investing in direct property). This event is run in association with the Real Estate Investors' Forum (REIF) and PropertyMatch. 

Register now to avoid disappointment as places are limited. 

Confirmed speakers:

  • Moderator: Melville Rodrigues, Partner at Melville Rodrigues Consulting & REIF Co-ordinator
  • Speaker: Sam Carson, Head Of Sustainability, Valuations and Advisory Services at CBRE UK discussing 'How decarbonisation will affect real estate valuations, as well as the market opportunities and threats as we transition to a zero carbon economy.'
  • Speaker: Abigail Dean, Global Head of Strategic Insights at Nuveen Real Estate discussing 'Strategies to be adopted given net zero carbonisation challenges, and addressing real estate fund investor concerns.'

Sam Carson

Head Of Sustainability, Valuations and Advisory Services , CBRE UK

Sam is passionate about helping businesses become stronger through sustainability and to use energy more efficiently. Sam recently joined CBRE Global Investors. Before this he worked for Carbon Intelligence since 2011 and played a key role in the development of their data services, wellbeing and approach to Commercial Real Estate clients. 

Sam directed how Carbon Intelligence addressed 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”.

Abigail Dean

Global Head of Strategic Insights, Nuveen Real Estate

Abigail Dean is the Global Head of Strategic Insights for Nuveen Real Estate. She is responsible for the organisation’s global research, sustainability and proptech and innovation functions. She oversees Nuveen Real Estate’s Tomorrow’s World Strategy which future proofs the investment strategy in light of global megatrends and integrates ESG across fund and asset management. This strategy ensures that the business delivers on its mission to invest in the urban fabric of Tomorrow’s World for the enduring benefit of our clients and society. Working alongside our Product Development team, Abigail is also responsible for ensuring that new product and the growth of the business are under pinned by solid research and sustainability considerations overseeing the global research team.

Since joining the firm in 2016, Abigail has overseen the organization setting a target to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2040. Abigail is a member of Nuveen Real Estate’s Investment Committee and has spearheaded the integration of sustainability considerations into the acquisition process. She is also leading the organisation to develop investment guidelines related to physical and transition climate change risk.

She previously worked at JLL, where she led on sustainability for the Property and Asset Management's U.K. team.


Melville Rodrigues

Head – Real Estate Advisory, Apex Group

Melville's practice focuses on the launch and operation of funds, including funds which hold underlying real estate investments in the UK as well as internationally. The funds have attracted institutional, private and retail investors.

In addition to servicing clients, he has been involved in representing industry bodies in their dialogue with the Treasury and the FCA. He is a regular contributor to the real estate press.


Wednesday 9th June 2021


09:15 - 10.00am

Webinar details:

Call details will be sent to attendees ahead of the call


AREF Members:  This webinar is FREE and open to all staff from AREF Investor member firms (view our list of members here). We would also encourage AREF FutureGen members from Investor firms to join this event. 

To book:

Please register using this link, or click the button below. Alternatively you can contact us on Info@aref.org.uk