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ESG – Environmental, Social, Governance

Building a sustainable future: ESG in real estate - paving the path to climate-positive properties.
Duration of seminar

3 days

Seminar location(s)

Düsseldorf, Kloster Eberbach (Eltville, near Frankfurt), Hamburg, Munich

Seminar format

In-Class Teaching



Seminar Fees

from €1,830


Navigating ESG in Real Estate:
Towards Climate-Positive and Sustainable Strategies

Why is ESG important in the real estate industry, and what do terms like Grey Energy, EU Social Taxonomy, Green Governance, or Carbon Accounting mean? These topics are highly relevant and current for everyone involved in the value chain, from project development to management. The real estate sector plays a significant role in contributing to approximately 30% of Germany's CO2 emissions. As a result, implementing a climate strategy has become an essential component of every real estate strategy. Sustainability has emerged as a central focus in the real estate industry. While complex decisions are being made in Brussels regarding the "Green Deal," the industry is actively addressing the practical implications of "Environmental, Social, Governance" (ESG) in their daily practices. Therefore, this topic holds immense relevance and timeliness for all involved, from project development to facility management. How can we pave the way towards climate-positive and sustainable real estate?

Upcoming Dates
ESG - Enrivonmental, Social, Governance

06. 11. 2023 | Düsseldorf 20. 03. 2024 | München 05. 06. 2024 | Kloster Eberbach (Eltville near Frankfurt) 11. 09. 2024 | Hamburg 06. 11. 2024 | Düsseldorf

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Key Benefits

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University-level Education

The IREBS Executive Education is part of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Management at the University of Regensburg.


You will engage in expert discussions with high-profile and renowned lecturers from academia and industry.


IREBS Executive Education has been in the market for over three decades and has successfully trained over 7,500 professionals.


Achieving certification from IREBS is held in high regard by executives and HR managers in the real estate industry.

Seminar Plus

We provide our students with the necessary materials in digital form.

Optimal Learning Environment

With small group sizes, we ensure an optimal learning environment, leading to higher learning success. Therefore, the available seats are limited.

Seminar Structure

Pathway to a Climate-Positive and
Sustainable Real Estate Industry

The seminar is scheduled for three days, divided into five blocks, with classes running from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the first two days and from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the last day. It will be held at three locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Kloster Eberbach. Upon completion of the seminar, all attendees will be awarded a participation certificate. The follow-up ESG update seminars will be conducted online.

Content Overview

ESG. New Rules. New Markets. New Technology.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Day 1

Day 1

Introduction and Transitory Risks in Sustainability: Understanding the Significance for the Real Estate Industry

Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Sven Bienert (MRICS)

  • ESG relevance in individual value chains or stages
  • "Grey Energy" - Impact of embodied carbon and Co. on the industry
  • EU Taxonomy and EU Social Taxonomy
  • Significance of CO2 pricing for real estate in the EU
  • Affordable and sustainable technical solutions
  • Green Governance - Leadership for transformation
  • Importance and impact of TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures)
  • Carbon Accounting and Reporting
  • Green Finance - PCAF, Green Bonds, and more

ESG - Regulatory Framework for the Real Estate Industry

Time: 2:15 pm to 5:30 pm

Lecturer: Dr. Sebastian Orthmann, CMS

  • Definition of ESG
  • ESG-related regulations in the real estate industry
    • International level
    • European level
    • National level
  • Impact of ESG-related regulations on real estate companies
  • Implementation of ESG criteria in Green Leases
  • Overview of current developments and outlook

Day 2

Day 2

Konkrete Schritte auf dem Weg zum nachhaltigen Immobilienportfolio: Von der Bestandsaufnahme zur Umsetzung.

Time: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Lecturer: Johannes Nußbaum

  • Assessing the Current Status: How to conduct a inventory and what information is relevant? Where to find the required data and who can provide it?
  • Introduction to "Manual" and Digital Tools
  • Understanding and Applying the Climate Strategy "Avoid, Reduce, and Compensate"
  • Identifying Action Needs and Priorities in the Building Stock & Identifying the Right Measures
  • Engaging Stakeholders and Implementing Actions
  • Measurement of Success and Documentation
  • Excursion: Innovative (PropTech) Solution Providers and Best Practices

ESG Reporting and Monitoring

Time: 2:15 PM to 5:30 PM

Lecturer: Dr. Sebastian Reich

  • ESG Reporting and Monitoring Concepts
    • Materiality (Case Study)
    • Stakeholder Perspective
    • Due Diligence & Lifecycle
  • ESG Reporting
    • Objectives and Purpose
    • Impacts
    • Financial Reporting (TCFD)
    • UN SDGs
    • International and National Frameworks: Regulations and Initiatives
    • GRI / SASB / ERFAG
    • EU Taxonomy / SFRD / CSRD
    • Greenhouse Gas Protocol (Scope 1, 2 & 3), ISO
    • KPIs
      • Property vs. Portfolio vs. Company
      • E, S & G Indicators
  • ESG Monitoring
    • Labeling & Rating
    • Benchmarking (Case Study)
    • Performance Potentials (Case Study)

Day 3

Day 3

ESG in Real Estate from a Financial Perspective

Time: 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Lecturer: Hendrik Aholt (MRICS)

  • ESG in the Real Estate Lifecycle
  • Evaluation of Properties based on ESG Criteria and Current Developments
  • ESG Data
  • Transparency and ESG Promotion in the Financial Industry
  • Risks of Non-Compliance with ESG Requirements

Workshop: How to Take Concrete First Steps? Developing an ESG Strategy using the Deloitte ESG Toolkit


Expertise from academia und industry

Hendrik Aholt
Hendrik Aholt (MRICS)
Director | Deloitte Germany Consulting Lead Real Estate Investment Management
Sven Bienert
Prof. Dr. Sven Bienert (MRICS REV)
Managing Director | Competence Center for Sustainability, University of Regensburg
Johannes Nussbaum
Johannes Nußbaum
Head of Direct Investments | Art-Invest Real Estate
Sebastian Orthmann
Dr. Sebastian Orthmann
Partner and Head of Real Estate & Public | CMS Law Tax
Sebastian Reich
Dr. Sebastian Reich
Managing Director Sebastian Reich Consult GmbH | RKDS & Partners

Everything You Need to Know

Structure & Study Formats
  • Duration: 3 days (9:30 am to 5:30 pm, or 8:45 am to 4:00 pm on the third day)
  • In-class teaching at three locations - Berlin, Düsseldorf, or Kloster Eberbach (near Frankfurt)
  • Provided: Digital seminar materials, refreshments during breaks, and lunch snacks
Tuition Fees
Seminar fees: €1,990
Reduced seminar fees: €1,830*

* For alumni, members of IMMOEBS e. V., or IREBS Core e. V.

All prices are subject to the legally applicable VAT. Discounts cannot be combined.

Target Group & Admission Requirements

Invited to attend are individuals from the following groups and professions:

  • (New) Employees at project development companies / real estate developers
  • Employees of engineering firms
  • Architects
  • Financing companies
  • Investors - especially those acquiring forward deals from real estate developers
  • Legal professionals (legal counsel, tax advisory, notarial services)
  • Employees of general contractors / construction companies
Certificate of Completion

Upon completing our seminar successfully, you will be awarded an official certificate of participation, acknowledging your successful attendance and the knowledge and skills you have gained. Our seminars are highly regarded in the real estate industry, earning recognition from industry experts and professionals. Our practical and high-quality training provides you with valuable career opportunities.

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