Sustainability standards are continually evolving. But how do we know which ones will really make a difference, and which ones should be adopted by real estate decision makers for reporting and analysis?

The range of available standards, of varying scope and detail, can be confusing. Global standards are changing rapidly – becoming wider, deeper, more complex. Some are moving from voluntary benchmarks to legally-binding regulation, with the UK among the leading jurisdictions.

CBRE’s new report aims to help keep real estate investors ahead of the game by cutting through the jargon and the acronyms. We explain the landscape of standards as it stands now. We also examine the evidence to predict how these standards might evolve in the future, at global, European and UK level.

Sustainability reporting: whose rules are you playing by?