Corporate Responsibility

Planet

A sustainable, environmentally focused approach recognizing the responsibility and the opportunity to influence the way buildings are built, sourced, managed, occupied and sold.

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Overview

As the world's largest commercial property manager, we are taking proactive steps to green our properties. We have adopted a science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target to significantly reduce the emissions generated by our operations and the properties we manage.

Environmental approach

Since 2007, we have regularly communicated on our environmental policy and the progress of our approach through the publication of our annual report. CBRE also supports and contributes annually to the United Nations Global Compact.

In 2010, we became the first company in our sector to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations. We measure and report our own carbon footprint via the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

In October 2015, we rolled out the Green Office program in EMEA to promote best practices at our locations. This assessment system based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) allows us to commit to a framework for continuous improvement in the performance of our various sites. The choice of offices with environmental certifications, the use of eco-labelled cleaning products, the use of equipment and materials with a low environmental impact, and a company travel plan are all measures that we are committed to following.

In addition, we offer our employees training programs in sustainable development. Each year, more than 600 hours of training are delivered to CBRE employees on sustainable real estate issues, of which more than 200 hours are provided directly by our in-house experts (market trends, green leases, thermal regulations, certifications and labels, etc.).

Green Week is a week dedicated to sustainable development. During these few days, we offer our employees the opportunity to discuss our role as a leader in a sustainable real estate industry.

Our environmental policy

  1. Objective 2030

    0 net carbon emissions by 2030
  2. Energy management/Cube 2020 competition

    32% energy savings achieved
  3. Sustainable mobility

    Setting up a fleet of electrically assisted bicycles for employees
  4. Energy supply

    100% renewable electricity for all our sites
  5. 70% of the office space we occupy is environmentally certified
  6. Preservation of resources

    520kg de déchets en moins grâce au logiciel DocuSign

CBRE, a committed stakeholder

CBRE is a committed player: our group participates in various round tables and working groups to help the real estate market evolve. A few key facts to highlight in France:

  • In 2011, CBRE was commissioned by the government to organize a vast consultation of more than 200 representatives of real estate professional associations to draft 32 recommendations intended to frame the future energy renovation obligation of the French tertiary sector.
  • In 2014, CBRE signed the Energy Efficiency Charter for the French service sector.
  • In 2015, CBRE sponsored the 2nd edition of the CUBE2020 competition.

CBRE is also involved in raising awareness of these environmental issues among market players through the publication of articles and studies on our blogs and social networks, as well as through the distribution of a quarterly watch for our clients.
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Energy efficiency

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Sustainability

CBRE's sustainability team, composed of  more  than 100 consultants across Europe, experts in energy, engineering, ratings and benchmarks, reporting, risk analysis, SRI, and environmental compliance, offers pragmatic solutions and practical strategies for driving change to create value.

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