Robert Behrns

Global Energy Transformation Lead

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In his current role, Robert leads CBRE’s Energy Transformation team globally. In this role he assists clients to change the way they purchase and consume energy for a low carbon economy. He works with clients in all stages of maturity to identify the appropriate decarbonization path for their needs, develop a roadmap and oversee its implementation. He further oversees all of CBRE’s energy and sustainability technical products globally, all energy procurement and data management services. Prior to this role he co-founded and ran the CBRE | Renewables team focused on the deployment of distributed renewables for fortune 500 occupiers.

Robert has previously overseen our energy and sustainability service line for both the northeast and life sciences division concurrently, servicing 46 Fortune 500 companies with a footprint of 500 million+ square feet of manufacturing, office, data center, and laboratory space.

Robert formerly oversaw FM operations for a large confidential technology/retail client’s North American fulfilment network for CBRE. In that capacity, he was responsible for a $92M energy savings program, business intelligence and analytics, CMMS, all FM technology, and quality control, while concurrently spearheading OPEX savings initiatives that have realized over $5.3M in annual savings.

In previous assignments, Robert worked in CBRE’s Public Institutions and Education Solutions (PIES) group, overseeing the federal facility management operations throughout the Eastern and Central United States. In this capacity, Robert identified and implemented cost savings and performance improvement initiatives to advance the federal government’s owned and leased real estate portfolio. Robert was also responsible for overseeing time reporting, invoicing, and contract management for the group’s entire federal facility management portfolio totaling 3.2 MSF.

Concurrently, Robert also managed a $64M savings program for a $3.5B healthcare client. In this role, he identified, developed, and implemented cost savings strategies which included energy procurement, real estate transaction services, sourcing, and facilities management initiatives.