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- February 1, 2022: Vol. 16, Number 2

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The next frontier: Investors with a strong ESG-lens could soon be taking a fresh look at real estate

by Benjamin Davis

ESG investing has taken off to such an extent in the past decade that it is now increasingly found to be a mainstay principle for institutional investors’ portfolios, as opposed to a “nice to have”.

While global leaders may have used the COP26 conference as a stage to call on investors to play their part, we have long seen a trend in global investors seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. Two years ago, half of investors (52 percent) surveyed for Octopus’ renewable energy report were reconsidering their portfolio allocations in light of the intensifying spotlight on climate change. In addition, many investors have also been considering how their asset allocation fits in with not only their environmental, but also their social and governance standards too.

Looking to the decade ahead, real estate has a crucial role to play in portfolio allocations with an ESG-lens. And a crucial role to play in cooling the planet.

The real estate industry has arguably

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