Sustainable Energy Forum: The role of real estate investment trusts in financing renovations

Join CINEA to learn about the role of real estate investment trusts in reaching the climate goals surrounding building renovations in Europe.

The 12 January 2023 from 10:00 to 12:00 Brussels time


Recently, investors have shown increasing interest in open real-estate funds, also known as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT). A REIT is a publicly traded closed-end investment company that invests in a managed diversified portfolio of real estate or real estate mortgages and construction loans rather than in financial securities, such as stocks or bonds. REITs are set up as corporations or trusts and are not subject to tax at the corporate level if they distribute at least 90% of their net annual earnings to shareholders and meet certain other requirements.

REITs manage a considerable volume of assets in the EU and worldwide. Investment strategies are not yet fully taking into account the risks and opportunities linked to climate change. Sustainability criteria and ESG (environmental, social and governance) strategies are of particular importance to tap into the huge energy-saving potential of the real estate sector. REITs could therefore play a significant role in financing building renovation in Europe, though only a few sustainable real-estate funds are in operation, while the majority of funds still need to align their strategies with long-term climate targets.

The webinar will provide an overview of the sector, assess how REITs can contribute to climate goals, explore strategies and initiatives to make them greener and showcase some good examples. It will be moderated by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).

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A recording of the webinar will be available online afterwards.

This  event  is  organised  as  part  of  the  Sustainable  Energy  Investment  Forums  initiative,  funded  under  the  EU Horizon  2020  programme  and  managed  by  the  European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).