Real Estate

Decarbonizing the Built Environment

This decade is seen as the tipping point for climate change. With the built environment responsible for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions, reducing the environmental impact of real estate is a key priority for Investors and corporate occupiers. Our survey of nearly 1,000 senior executive leaders around the world reveals how corporate and investor real estate strategies are evolving to achieve better sustainability outcomes and gives us a unique opportunity to learn from organizations with the most advanced and effective sustainability strategies. The real estate industry has accelerated its focus on responsibility and social purpose.

Real estate sustainability seen as a key priority but more decisive actions are needed


of our respondents are looking at ways to innovate and accelerate their sustainability strategies.

Top priorities

for both investors and corporate occupiers are to create places that are human (promoting healthy lifestyle, safety, and wellbeing) and green (respectful of earth's resources and supporting occupants' health and wellbeing).

but only 6%

currently see themselves as ‘leaders’ in measuring and reporting in real time on the environmental impact of their real estate holdings.

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Dr Marie Puybaraud shares the key highlights from the survey

In this short video, Dr Marie Puybaraud introduces the Responsible Real Estate research program and shares some of the key findings from our global survey - Decarbonizing the Built Environment.

Explore survey results

What can we learn from leading real estate investors and corporate occupiers, those with the most advanced sustainability strategies? Explore the data visualization below to find out about their key areas of focus and investment.

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Decarbonizing the Built Environment: Ambitions, commitments and actions

Find out how corporate and investor real estate strategies are evolving to achieve better sustainability outcomes.​

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