Time for the Green Property Summit

05 March 2019

There’s a surge in green financing schemes, Zero Carbon legislation is coming this year in New Zealand, and the science around climate change is telling us to act with ever more urgency. Science, big money, and politics are all demanding a better, more sustainable future.

The impending 2019 Green Property Summit couldn’t be happening at a more apt time for our industry.

In April, Auckland’s Aotea Centre will see oodles of awesome orators, from Aoteaora and overseas. They will all be talking about the very latest news, developments, politics, policies, and economics of better buildings.

Hundreds of New Zealanders will be in the room, to listen, speak, share, network and collaborate. The Green Property Summit, which we co-host alongside our friends down the road at the Property Council, is your Summit, to help decide the direction of our industry towards 2030.

The plethora of great speakers includes award winning journalist Mihingarangi Forbes, who will MC the Summit. In her 20 years of journalism, as a current affairs presenter and investigative journalist, she has worked across programmes such as The Hui, Campbell Live, Native Affairs, 60 Minutes and 20/20.

Steven Nadel is the executive director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. He’s been a major contributor to energy legislation in the US congress since the mid-1980s. Steve has published hundreds of research papers and books. His insights through 30 years of work across the United States will help guide Aotearoa toward the most cost-effective route to a zero carbon future. I’m really looking forward to hearing from Steve.

Another fascinating international speaker will be Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, the chief sustainability officer at one of the United Arab Emirates largest property companies, with assets spanning 15 countries across North Africa and the Middle East. Ibrahim is steering all their properties to net zero carbon emissions well ahead of the Paris Agreement timeline. If property companies can do that in the Middle East, then they can do it here.

New Zealand’s most famous economist, Shamubeel Eaqub, will also be talking at the Summit, and providing an update on the economics of development and property.

We know that you enjoy hearing about the latest case studies featuring green buildings, so we’ve made sure to include a bunch of these in the day’s programme, plus important updates on green building tools, and discussions and news about the shift towards zero carbon buildings in New Zealand.

We’ll be hearing from lots of other outstanding speakers too from the likes of Ngai Tahu, ANZ, the New Zealand Treasury, EECA, the Green Building Council of Australia, the new chief executive of the Property Council Leonie Freeman, and heaps more.

The evening before the Green Property Summit, we’ll be hosting the very first Future Thinker of the Year Awards, at the University of Auckland. Ibrahim, one of the keynote speakers from the Summit, will be delivering an inspiring talk at the awards ceremony, where we’ll recognise a student or recent graduate who is shaping up to be a sustainability superstar. The standard of entries has been extremely high, which shows that a better, more sustainable future for our built environment is in very good hands.

As always, do please drop me a line with any thoughts, suggestions or comments, or let me know in person at the Green Property Summit.

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Andrew

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