AXA Switzerland invests about 20 percent of its customers’ premiums in Swiss real estate. In this way, we create sustainable, long-term returns and security. We construct ecological buildings with low energy consumption, thereby providing a stimulus to the architectural profession, and are careful to create living space for all social groups of the population in addition to workspace. AXA’s real estate portfolio is managed by AXA Investment Managers.
AXA is the largest real estate investor in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. For years, our team of real estate experts has been analyzing the real estate portfolio on the basis of ESG criteria and has been continuously improving its sustainability aspects. Constructing sustainable buildings that work well both for their occupants and for the environment is very important to us.
In exactly the same way as we deal with sustainable investment, we also take a holistic approach to the construction and management of sustainable real estate. In this context, we systematically incorporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria into our decisions throughout the life cycle of our properties and in our real estate management. In all three ESG areas, we have set ourselves targets that we continuously adapt to the latest framework conditions. Our sustainability strategy is aligned with the overarching, global sustainability strategy of the AXA Group.
The latter is based on the three-pillar principle:
The first two pillars prioritize increasing energy efficiency and reducing the environmental footprint of the whole real estate portfolio. Our energy consumption and emissions targets are aligned with the 1.5 degrees target of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This means that we are thus aiming for net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.
In the coming years, we will be refurbishing a large number of our buildings. The focus is on increasing the energy efficiency of our properties and cutting CO2 emissions. In new-build and renovation projects, we give preference to natural and low-energy materials. By promoting renewable energies and abandoning fossil-fuel heating, we are significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of our real estate.
In addition to energy aspects, biodiversity and social factors are also incorporated into our real estate development and management. At the same time, we take social trends and developments into account. For example, we plant our flat roofs to create a network of “stepping stones” for biodiversity. In addition, we wish to enable our tenants to enjoy elderly-friendly and barrier-free living. We are equipping some of the parking lots at our properties with electric charging stations.
Read more in the 2019/2020 Sustainability Report of AXA Investment Managers Switzerland – Real Assets.