“Natural Capital” growing as emerging investment product connected to the economic value of our ecosystems

Avison Young Drivers of Change story 4 graphic February 21, 2024

Toronto, ON – Global commercial real estate advisor, Avison Young, today releases the fourth story in its 2024 Drivers of Change series, with a focus on investment products and policy levers that are increasingly placing a value on nature; influencing land use and the capital model for sustainable construction materials and real estate development.

The increasing appreciation of natural capital has led to the creation of comprehensive risk management strategies and holistic accounting standards to improve investment decisions and is supported by international frameworks that promote transparency, such as the Taskforce on Nature Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)—creating more nature from real estate development instead of less—is becoming a global value driver and is now mandatory for real estate and infrastructure projects in England.

With an estimated 55% of the world’s GDP dependent on nature, we explore additional examples of initiatives around the world seeking to integrate natural capital markets for both financial returns and sustainable project outcomes.  

About the Drivers of Change series
With the world in a perpetual state of flux, from rising interest rates to extreme weather, the series delves into topics and issues that are at the forefront of business, the economy, and commercial real estate – from housing, to supply chain trends, to Artificial Intelligence. Ten thought leadership pieces from Avison Young experts demonstrate how, without change, there is no growth, innovation, nor progress.

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About Avison Young

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