United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

Address: 11-15 Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland


Region of Activities: Global

Type: Public-Private Partnership

Founded: 1992

Main Goals - General activities - field of expertise

The UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a global partnership between UN Environment and the financial sector. Over 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UN Environment to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance. UNEP FI runs an active property working group which brings together 20 leading real estate investors globally with a specific interest and expertise in real estate and property investment and is supported by an advisory group of academics and practitioners that steer its strategy and work program. Property investing is a multi-trillion dollar worldwide industry that can have profoundly positive or negative effects on environmental, social and cultural goals. Issues as diverse as urban poverty, global warming and indigenous people’s rights are affected by decisions about the development, refurbishment, and management of properties. Investors cannot only have a positive influence on these decisions, but also benefit directly from integrating climate considerations in Real Estate.

Activity related to low GHG and energy consumption and resilient buildings

Energy/climate/buildings-related activities: Brings together leading real estate investors to increase buildings' energy efficiency & sustainability.