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Session Overview
Session
Sustainability
Time:
Friday, 08/July/2022:
2:00pm - 3:45pm

Session Chair: Tom Tom Gillespie, TCD, Ireland
Location: Room C

Room in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Exact details to be confirmed by May 31

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Presentations

Floods and urban density

Martinez-Mazza, Rodrigo1,3; Magontier, Pierre2,3

1Uppsala University, Sweden; 2University of Bern (CRED); 3Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB);

How do natural disasters affect the spatial distribution of urban development? To address this question, we combine the universe of buildings in Spain with historical floods data at the municipal level between 1975 and 2021. We show that floods lead to a permanent increase in urban development and more compact urban layouts using the recent difference-in-difference designs for staggered treatments. Development rates remain unaffected in areas close to floodplains or water bodies.



Reporting on the SDGs by European Listed Property Companies: Five Years of Growth

Optveld, Hans

Tilburg University & ASRE, Netherlands, The;

Institutional investors are increasingly looking at the impact of their investments on society. In order to monitor and measure impact, a growing number of investors is adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) as a framework to set targets on positive contribution to these goals. Because of the importance of real estate in society, it is an asset class that appears to be well-positioned to contribute to the SDGs. This paper looks at a universe of European stock market listed property companies and establishes the take-up of the SDGs by these firms over the reporting period 2016-2020. From the international sample, 64% report on one or more SDGs in their corporate strategy in 2020 whilst only 32% did so in 2018. In line with slack resources theory reporting on contribution to the SDGs is skewed towards larger companies, whilst smaller companies have yet to develop strategies around the SDGs. Specialist property companies have a higher propensity to report on the SDGs. However, key financial metrics as ROA, ROE, P/NAV and total shareholder returns are lower for SDG reporters than for companies that have not reported on SDG strategies yet.



The Efficacy of Energy Efficiency: Home Insulation and Residential Gas Use

Kattenberg, Linde; Eichholtz, Piet; Kok, Nils

Maastricht University, Netherlands, The;

Improving the energy efficiency of the building stock is of significant importance in decreasing household energy consumption. One way to improve the energy efficiency of a home is through insulation measures. Using unique, hand-collected data on insulation measures, this study examines the effect of ceiling, floor, roof, and wall insulation on gas consumption in a large sample of (rental and owner-occupied) residential homes. We test for heterogeneous effects across types of homes, and across household characteristics. Furthermore, we investigate long-run gas consumption after the energy efficiency improvements, to address potential concerns of a rebound effect. Insights from this study contribute to better estimates on the returns to home insulation. These results can inform homeowners and housing corporations in their home retrofitting decision, reducing their investment uncertainty. The results can also inform policymakers on the efficacy of energy efficiency in the housing market, which represents an important pillar in reducing national carbon emissions.



 
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