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Aligning ESG and business strategy

A successful ESG policy is aligned with business strategy and maximizes asset values. Wherever you are on your ESG journey, Ramboll can help you develop or revise ESG policy and strategies that are aligned with your ESG objectives.

Good ESG management demonstrates that you have identified both short and long-term risks – including climate change, biodiversity, diversity and inclusion, energy use and net zero ambitions, development lifecycle impacts, health and safety, supply chain issues, and human rights exposure – and are not only managing them, but looking for opportunities to turn them into value-creation possibilities. 

ESG reporting

We apply expert analysis to benchmark performance, provide robust and credible carbon strategies, and support clients with regulatory compliance and company disclosures by providing verified third-party assurance.

Our multidisciplinary teams of property specialists provide due diligence level assessments of key ESG metrics, assess assets against recognized sustainability accreditations such as BREEAM, and provide portfolio-level benchmarking and improvement plans under schemes such as GRESB. 

Ramboll can help you embed low-carbon principles into new developments, providing cost-effective design solutions and assessing feasibility and long-term value. We deliver energy statements to support planning applications and maximize credits under building rating certification systems. For existing buildings, our low-carbon appraisals and improvement programs identify operational resource efficiency savings and bespoke upgrade strategies to improve energy ratings.

Wetland Seasons Park, Hong Kong

Wetland Seasons Park, Hong Kong

Realize best price for asset

Ramboll has a long-standing reputation for combining technical excellence and a strong commercial focus, having served global real estate clients for nearly 40 years. Our clients include major multinational industrial companies, pension funds, institutional investors, banks, property developers and house builders. We understand how to help clients achieve long-term security and growth.

Real estate can have a significant positive social and environmental impact, through rehabilitating public spaces, providing affordable or social housing, and incorporating climate resilience and biodiversity net gain into the development. All these elements contribute to long-term security, value protection and resilience. 

The recent Linklater report5 found that climate-resilient real estate is the top green target for European infrastructure funds, demonstrating the surge in investment in the category. It also states that after growth potential, ESG credentials and transparency are the most important factors that fund managers consider when managing portfolios.

5 Linklaters report: Risks and opportunities in the infrastructure investment cycle

Materiality considerations

Best return for spend

Prioritizing for the highest return requires a focus on material issues, and these are specific to each kind of development or portfolio. Knowing which additions provide the best return for spend is imperative, allowing you to focus on matters that will bring you the highest rewards.

Many developments are advised on low-carbon, renewables or energy efficiency, but what best matches your needs? We develop tailored strategies that identify cost-effective improvement opportunities with meaningful monitoring and reporting backup systems. 

Ramboll knows how to discern amongst projects to provide high resident value, such as social benefits and including biodiversity net gain for nature-positive developments; both of which will also benefit the local community, comply with local regulations and help with the twin crises surrounding the climate and biodiversity.

Portfolio climate hazard summary dashboard

Long-term security, growth, resilience and value protection

ESG considerations contribute to long-term security, safety and growth by providing reassurance and transparency. Sustainable investments are becoming the norm, and resilience brings value protection.

Assessing climate resiliency and reporting on risks

It is essential that real estate is future-proofed and better design now will ensure that new buildings are equipped to deal with increasingly fluctuating temperatures. Good ESG practices help you assess climate resilience and report on the risks.  

Climate change can have significant business impacts, but which sites to prioritize? Ramboll conducts scenario analyses to assess potential impacts of climate events anywhere in the world. We provide an overview of physical risks, mapping individual sites to specific hazard characteristics, alongside a summary of potential business impacts for each site.

Climate risks can be managed, and our analyses also include site-level climate resilience assessments that evaluate the level of preparedness at individual sites, and includes an evaluation of management systems and local community efforts to mitigate physical effects of emerging climate risks.

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