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ESG at a tipping point | October 2021

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ESG is no longer an option, it’s a ‘must have’

The deployment of new regulations in Europe concerning the treatment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment and corporate decision-making has reached a tipping point. We have seen investors and major corporates gradually embed a complexity of ESG related guidance, frameworks and benchmarks into their business operations over the last 20 years - particularly the last five.

The global drive to advance sustainability is creating considerable uncertainty in the investment market for real estate, according to our new report ‘ESG: A Tipping Point’. It points to an urgent need for policy makers to agree on pragmatic, actionable targets that will support the creation of clear, consistent technical standards and benchmarks enabling reallocation of both capital and skills as investors rush to factor new ESG realities into decision-making. In the report we estimate some €7 trillion may be needed to retrofit buildings in Europe to comply with emerging ESG requirements. Download the full report below.

ESG at a tipping point | October 2021

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Damian Harrington is a Director and Head of Research for both Global Capital Markets and EMEA at Colliers. He has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry living and working from various locations across EMEA including London, Dubai, Prague, Helsinki and Amsterdam. Damian is responsible for producing research for internal and external clients. His expertise helps to provide clients with global capital market trends and analysis, and connects them with strategic and actionable insights, such as the changing nature of global capital and the impact on global capital flows. Damian has produced numerous research papers and generated analysis of markets across all asset types - from residential to offices, retail to logistics and hotels to niche sectors such as life sciences, air cargo and data centres. Damian is a member of the EMEA location strategy team and a key member of Colliers ESG focus group.  He speaks regularly at internal global conferences, external industry events hosted by GRI, ULI and other key industry bodies, plus key annual events such as MIPIM and EXPO REAL.

Damian holds a Masters degree in European Property Development and Planning from University College London, a BPI Bachelor of Planning from the University of Amsterdam and a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning from Manchester University. He is also a qualified surveyor, holding an MRICS with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

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