Senior Director, ULI Los Angeles
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September 15, 2022
New Report Highlights Need for Increased Dialogue Between Institutional Real Estate and Physical-Risk Data Analytics Firms
WASHINGTON (September 15, 2022) — A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and LaSalle Investment Management (LaSalle), a leading real estate investment management firm, outlines steps that real estate practitioners can take to better manage climate risk in their portfolios and suggests ways in which climate risk providers can better serve the real estate industry.
Based on the insights of real estate managers and climate data providers across the globe, How to Choose, Use, and Better Understand Climate-Risk Analytics comes as real estate investors are recognizing the need to incorporate the physical risks associated with climate change – including wildfires, hurricanes, and excessive heat – into their business models. Accordingly, having reliable data and analytics tools to assist in this process is becoming an increasingly important consideration.
“Over the past few years, climate analytics tools have transformed how investors can assess, price, and mitigate climate risk,” said Billy Grayson, Executive Vice President for Centers and Initiatives at ULI. “As with all new tools, it will take some time for real estate developers and investors to identify the best ways to apply these tools to real estate decision-making. Learning from the successes and challenges of early adopters will help the real estate community as a whole, and we hope this report can serve as a roadmap for those looking to better leverage these tools to manage climate risk in their assets and portfolios.”
“Dealing with climate risk is a collective effort – we all benefit from consistency and transparency,” said LaSalle’s Americas Head of Sustainability Elena Alschuler. “Alignment on key terms and methodologies is critical to the industry’s effort to assess and address climate risk, which should ultimately benefit investors through improved returns.”
How to Choose, Use, and Better Understand Climate-Risk Analytics provides a climate assessment roadmap for practitioners seeking to optimize their risk-mitigation practices. The roadmap will help the real estate industry:
Additionally, the report provides four key takeaways on the state of climate risk assessment in real estate:
“Investors today face numerous challenges factoring climate risk into their portfolios,” said Lindsay Brugger, Vice President of Resilience at ULI. “The industry lacks clear guidance around how climate risk data providers should be selected and how to integrate that information into business strategy. This report provides a series of guidelines so real estate practitioners can simultaneously mitigate the effects of climate change while remaining competitive in a rapidly evolving marketplace.”
“We strongly believe that the impacts of climate risk are material to our investment performance, and need to be proactively taken into consideration to ensure our investments are prepared for future risks, legislation and client demand,” said Brian Klinksiek, LaSalle Head of European Research & Global Portfolio Strategies. “While there is still uncertainty in the market around data transparency, which tools to use and what policy impacts might be, one thing remains clear: now is the time to be having these conversations and taking action.”
The full How to Choose, Use, and Better Understand Climate-Risk Analytics report is available on ULI’s Knowledge Finder platform.
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About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. For more information on ULI, please visit uli.org, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
About LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management is one of the world’s leading real estate investment managers. On a global basis, LaSalle manages approximately $80 billion of assets in private and public real estate property and debt investments as of Q1 2022. LaSalle’s diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, corporations, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. LaSalle sponsors a complete range of investment vehicles including separate accounts, open- and closed-end funds, public securities and entity-level investments. For more information, please visit www.lasalle.com, and LinkedIn.
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