ULI Sustainability Outlook 2021
The real estate industry’s leadership in prioritizing sustainable development and operational practices can help inform sustainable policies at all levels of government—especially at the local level—optimally leading to more universal standards embraced throughout the industry. Public policies that incentivize innovation can spur the widespread adoption of best practices and the development of breakthrough technologies that are transformative.
The appetite for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing continues to soar, with record inflows amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Real estate firms are now issuing more opportunities for those investors to place their capital.
A recent survey conducted by BlackRock showed that COVID-19 has not slowed investor demand for sustainable investing; in fact, 20 percent of the respondents said that the pandemic would result in accelerated sustainable investment allocations. It found growth in sustainable assets to be most pronounced in Europe, while also increasing in the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.