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Financing the Health of Our Planet

Helen, head of sustainability and innovation for CBRE Investment Management, shares how her team funds the forward movement towards a net-zero future.

Helen
CBRE IM issued over $2 billion in green financing through public bonds and notes for sustainable projects. This is an excellent example of how the real assets industry can help mobilize the trillions in private capital needed to transition to a net-zero economy.
Helen joined CBRE Investment Management (CBRE IM) as the Head of Sustainability and Innovation in 2021. In her role she leads sustainability strategy in a rapidly evolving market, from product architecture and capital-raising initiatives to asset-level solutions. “The past few years have shown us how the health of our planet, society and economy are inextricably linked, which is why we take a holistic approach, jointly considering our climate, people and longterm investment returns.” says Helen. “At CBRE IM sustainability is given a strong voice at the leadership level and ESG considerations are routinely incorporated in our investment decision-making process.”

Helen is particularly proud of two CBRE IM accomplishments in 2021 that are part of realizing net-zero goals: financing sustainable projects and establishing a solar roof program.

“CBRE IM issued over $2 billion in green financing through public bonds and private placements,” Helen says. “Proceeds from these bonds and notes funded green and sustainable projects. This is an excellent example of how the real assets industry can help mobilize the trillions in private capital needed to transition to a net-zero economy.”

Helen also helped set the foundation for CBRE IM’s rooftop solar program as part of a collaboration with CBRE’s strategic partner Altus Power. “We can not only decarbonize our properties and provide cheaper energy to our logistics tenants, but also have the capacity to provide renewable energy to thousands of homes through community solar projects,” says Helen.

In 2021, CBRE IM also secured strong GRESB results across over 60 portfolios— highlighting the scale of its ESG program and commitment to continuous performance improvement. “We strive to deliver sustainable investment solutions, so our clients, people and communities thrive,” Helen shares. “In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, so that we can help lead the transition to a sustainable future.

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