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Real Estate

Real estate’s road to net zero carbon

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It is widely recognized that in order to meet the objectives of the Paris Accord, buildings will all need to be Net Zero Carbon by 2050, at the latest. We therefore expect to see policies and regulations continue to be introduced across the globe to mandate this outcome. In order to be effectively prepared for this wave of regulation, and to be able to respond to the change in market expectations that will undoubtedly precede and accompany it (and which we already see evidence of), we believe that it is prudent to aim to achieve Net Zero Carbon for the portfolio of real estate that we manage by no later than 2040.

Real estate is one of the world’s largest producers of carbon emissions, which makes the road to net zero carbon difficult to navigate. 

And yet, Nuveen Real Estate plans to be net zero carbon by 2040 – ten years ahead of the Paris Accord mandate.  

Download our interactive pdf which maps Nuveen Real Estate’s pathway to net zero carbon and shares best practices for achieving this goal.

Highlights include 
Net zero carbon timeline

The following case study is an example of how we are reducing carbon emission in our assets.

Case study: cube (Berlin)

Cube Berlin
  • cube Berlin is a 17,500 sq m (188,300 sq ft) customized smart office building on Washingtonplatz at Berlin’s central railroad station and part of the area’s long-term regeneration
  • 100% pre-let, this fully digitalized smart building includes intelligent heating, cooling and lighting systems, and offers a tenant app for room bookings and internal communications
  • Using artificial intelligence, the building recognizes user requirements and flexibly meets their needs
  • It has a WiredScore ‘Platinum’ certification, one of the first assets in Germany to attain this, and is in line for Gold certification by the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen, DGNB) due to its ecological, social and economic sustainability criteria

Read our full net zero carbon pathway

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Nuveen Real Estate is a real estate investment management holding company owned by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) . Nuveen Real Estate securities products distributed in North America are advised by UK regulated subsidiaries or Nuveen Alternatives Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of TIAA, and distributed by Nuveen Securities, LLC, Member of FINRA and SIPC. Nuveen, LLC ("Nuveen") provides investment advice and portfolio management services through TIAA and over a dozen affiliated registered investment advisers. Nuveen Real Estate is an investment affiliate of Nuveen.

All information as at 1 December 2020 and sourced from Nuveen unless otherwise disclosed.
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