Property Investors Are Obsessed With the A/C in Your Office

September 6, 2016

Property Investors Are Obsessed With the A/C in Your Office

Investors are looking for ways to measure the environmental risk in their real-estate portfolio.

September 2, 2016 — 2:45 AM EDT |  | Bloomberg

Real estate investors might have more reason to care about the air conditioning in your office than you do.

As energy-related emissions from buildings creep higher, property investors are starting to worry that regulators and politicians will come down hard on the sector for its contribution to climate change.

PGGM, the second-largest Dutch pension fund manager, said it’s working to cut in half the carbon footprint of the $22 billion euros ($25 billion) in real-estate investments it manages before 2020. “Our pension is worth more in the future in a liveable world,” said Mathieu Elshout, director of private real estate at PGGM Investments. “The sooner we start with it, the better.”

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