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RICS World Built Environment Forum, first European Summit in Venice

The event will be held in collaboration with Generali Real Estate at the Procuratie Vecchie, on October 19 and 20. Discussion will revolve around decarbonization of the built environment

RICS World Built Environment Forum – Europe
By Editorial Staff -

Decarbonization, ESG strategies, circular economy, sustainability, climate resilience: these are the key topics to be explored during the first edition of RICS - World Built Environment Forum Europe. The summit, organized by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in collaboration with Generali Real Estate, will be held in Venice at the Procuratie Vecchie, a historic landmark building, on October 19 and 20, 2023.

On the occasion of the event, industry leaders from various countries of the European Union will gather for a discussion on the theme, Decarbonizing the Built Environment in Europe: a sustainable approach for people, planet and profit.

Le Procuratie Vecchie a Venezia ©Andrea Martiradonna, courtesy of Migliore+Servetto Architects


The first European World Built Environment Forum

The World Built Environment Forum Europe will be hosted at the Procuratie Vecchie, an example of excellent renovation of a historic building with a sustainability-related approach. The restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie was managed by Generali Real Estate with a project commissioned to David Chipperfield Architects, selected following an international competition to renovate and enhance the prestigious building while respecting its unique historical and cultural heritage. Today the Procuratie Vecchie is the new headquarters of The Human Safety Net.

In this prestigious setting, the European real estate community will come together to advance critically important discussions and shape the future of the profession and that of the built and natural environments.

Participants will be able to paint a picture of the effective decarbonization of the European built environment and sustainable investment practices amid the global economic downturn that is impacting the industry. The ESG agenda will be a unifying element of the event's activities, providing the basis on which to define next steps.

The World Built Environment Forum Europe is also proud to be an official side event of the Biennale of Sustainability, organized by the Venice Sustainability Foundation in Venice until November 25, 2023. The Foundation was born out of the belief that Venice's history of resilience can inspire the realization of a sustainable future capable of overcoming the complex challenges that threaten its very survival.


>>> For more information about the WBEF and to book your place, visit: RICS World Built Environment Forum – Europe


The words of Massimiliano Pulice, RICS Italy Advisoy Board Chair and CEO of Arcadis Italy

«As RICS Italy we are honored that our country has been chosen for the launch of this European-wide Summit. A special thanks goes to Generali Real Estate who kindly granted a unique and prestigious location to host the event.

As Arcadis we are committed to accompany the world of Real Estate and Infrastructure in the transition towards sustainability and net zero emission, that is why we decided to be a partner of this initiative. We are confident that stimulating discussion and meeting between the main institutions, associations, companies and professionals in Europe can accelerate this virtuous path and govern it to ensure balance and sustainable development in our continent».


The words of Sander Scheurwater, RICS Head of Public Affairs AEMEA

«This is an excellent opportunity for our members and anyone who has an interest in the built and natural environment to get together in this beautiful location to network with people who are passionate about sustainability and future proofing our industry, trading best practice methods as well as hearing the latest industry thinking and innovative solutions to our biggest challenges».


>>> Discover more about the restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie, a project by David Chipperfield. Interiors, including an exhibition space and multimedia content, on the third floor were the work of Migliore+Servetto under the artistic direction of Davide Rampello


RICS - World Built Environment Forum Europe Courtesy RICS


Featured speakers

Hubert Abt FRICS, CEO and CDO of New Work and workcloud24

Robert Adamczyk MRICS, Senior Environmental Advisor, Environment and Sustainability Department, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Benno Albrecht, Rector, Università Iuav di Venezia

Roger Baumann MRICS, COO, Zurich

Luca Bertalot, Secretary General of the EMF-ECBC

Sven Bienert MRICS, Director, Competence Center of Sustainable Real Estate, University of Regensburg

Prof. Monica Billio, Full Professor of Econometrics, University Ca' Foscari of Venice

Jens Böhnlein MRICS, Global Head of Asset Management and Sustainability, Commerz Real AG

Gloria Brocchi MRICS, Head of Sustainable Investing Management, Southern Europe Region, Generali Real Estate

Alessandro Costa, Director General, Venice Sustainability Foundation

Stephen Coticoni MRICS Country Manager Advisory/Property Management - CEO Advisory BNP Paribas Real Estate Italy

Susanne Eickermann-Riepe FRICS, Chair of the European World Regional Board, RICS

Carolien Gehrels, Global Director Energy Transition, Arcadis

Dr Jens Hirsch, Chief Scientific Officer, BuildingMinds

Frank Hovorka MRICS, Board member and Chair of Sustainability Panel, RICS

Erik Landry, Director of Climate Change, GRESB

Lonneke Löwik, Chief Executive Officer, INREV

Aldo Mazzocco FRICS, CEO Generali Real Estate

Dominique Moerenhout, CEO, EPRA

Michele Monterosso MRICS, Managing Director and Global Construction Lead, ING

Dr. Andreas Muschter FRICS, CEO DACH, EDGE Technologies

Aleksandra Njagulj, Managing Director, Global Head of ESG, Real Estate, DWS

Philippe Parlange, Head of Client Delivery and Member of the Executive Committee, Deepki

Linda Zeilina-Cross, CEO, International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC)

Sander Scheurwater, Head of Public Affairs AEMEA RICS

Joël Scherrenberg MRICS, Chair of the RICS Dutch Advisory Board

Caterina Fosci, Partner, Head of infrastructures asset management and construction, PWC Italy

Hermes Redi, Civil hydraulic engineer & General Manager of Consorzio Venezia Nuova

Adam Targowski MRICS, Group Head of ESG Management, CTP

Massimiliano Pulice MRICS, CEO, Arcadis Italy & Chair Advisory Board RICS in Italia

Ádám Banai, Executive Director for Monetary Policy Instruments, Financial Stability and Foreign Reserve Management, Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Jaap van der Bijl, CEO, Altera Vastgoed

Dr. Kavitha Muthu, Space Applications Engineer, European Space Agency

Richard Hamilton-Grey, Head of Sustainability, Real Estate, Europe, Nuveen Global

Laura Danzig, Head of Sustainability & Wellbeing, Southern Europe, Cushman & Wakefield

Sara Jane Viereck, Vice President, ESG, Europe, Prologis

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