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- July 1, 2020: Vol. 14, Number 7

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Build back better: The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to introduce widespread sustainable property investment

by Kiran Patel

In 2020, we look ahead to what some have dubbed the “decade of delivery”. The focus has firmly shifted from statements of sustainable intent to tangible improvements that are critical to addressing global and local sustainability challenges.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, where production and movement of people largely ground to a halt across the globe, governments must pave a sustainable route back to economic growth. The time is consequently ripe for policy, interest groups and business to align on environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. There is an even more urgent need now than in years past to integrate environmental and social criteria into business models. Nonetheless, investments in clean energy, for example, are one of the many things likely to be impacted by recession. Is the current momentum driving social and environmental change merely transitory, or does it present an opportunity for individuals as well as the public and private sectors t

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