ESG in UK and Europe

Why the UK and Europe are leading the way in ESG interest and adoption?


Alessandro Bigolin

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In Europe, and in countries such as the UK, ESG is leaps and bounds ahead of other countries and regions, such as North America and the US. In the UK in particular, policymakers have facilitated the integration of various ESG-based sustainability considerations into Real Estate investment decisions, and have proposed that any Real Estate investment firms must consider ESG preferences and criteria for all clients.

In addition to this, these regulations seek to standardise ESG reporting and criteria throughout much of Europe and in key countries such as the UK.

This means that investments, construction, architecture, and financial reporting will be required to follow much more stringent sustainability practices throughout the Pan-European region. These regulations will not only require greater sustainability in investments, and more sustainable business practices, but they will also require better reporting practices and transparency in business.

Much of this growth comes as a result of immense interest in key investment and Real Estate markets like the UK, which many sources state is the epicentre of ESG in Real Estate. This interest has fuelled ownership of approximately 70% of global ESG mutual fund assets in Europe and it has also increased the size of the sustainable asset market surpassing $14 trillion.

Most sources collectively illustrate that this market will continue to grow. The UK and much of Europe will continue to have the most significant shares in the market in the future, fuelled by interest in ESG practices in Real Estate.

Key Real Estate companies are more likely to not only comply with, but exceed, environmental and social ESG regulations and requirements, and the industry is anticipated to improve financially due to greater governance, financial disclosure, and more sound investments.


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