Strategic Focus: Responding To ESG Disclosure Requirements In Real Estate

Published 30 March 2022 by Ben Readman & Susan Clarke &
ESG & Sustainability Net Zero & Climate Risk Smart Buildings Strategic Focus

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Executive Summary

This report provides real estate investors and occupiers with an introductory guide on how ESG reporting requirements will evolve over the next three years. It builds on previous Verdantix research on the evolving ESG disclosure landscape by looking at the impacts on the facilities and real estate sectors. The research finds that real estate executives across the board will need to step up their ESG data management and reporting efforts to meet the needs of new regulations, lenders, insurers and other real estate stakeholders. To get on top of new ESG reporting pressures, firms should remain agile to shifting disclosure requirements and plan for growing scrutiny of data quality as audits become commonplace. 

Table of contents

Real Estate Executives Must Plan For More Complex ESG Disclosure Requirements 
Real Estate Investor ESG Disclosures Will Be Shaped By Regulation And Stakeholder Pressure
Corporate Managers Must Respond To Sustainability Targets and Regulatory Requirements

Five Considerations To Get On Top Of New ESG Reporting Pressures 

Table of figures

Figure 1. Regulations And Stakeholder Pressure Impacting ESG Disclosures In Real Estate  
Figure 2. Key ESG Issues For Real Estate Investors  
Figure 3. Key ESG Issues For Building Occupiers and Managers  

About the authors

Ben Readman

Industry Analyst
Ben is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. His current research agenda focuses on ESG strategies and technologies for real estate, and corporate real estate technology investment strategies. Ben Joined Verdantix in 2021, having previously worked as a researcher at CECAN and as a sustainability officer for the NHS. He holds a Masters in Environmental Strategy from the University of Surrey and a BA in Geography from the University of Birmingham.

Susan Clarke

Research Director

Susan leads the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on software solutions for real estate management including integrated workplace management systems and IoT platforms for buildings. Her research expertise also includes a broad range of energy management technologies and energy services. Susan has eight years of experience in technology research. She holds a MSc from the University of London in Sustainable Development.

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