Yardi Matrix Analyzes Environmental Risk in Commercial Real Estate


Natural disaster risk rankings for major metros are included in new report

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 15, 2021 – Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have become increasingly important to investors and owners of commercial real estate, according to industry research.

Weather-related disasters, changes in work practices spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, and focus on equity and diversity have created an urgency for businesses to act on ESG criteria, states a new report from Yardi® Matrix. A BlackRock survey of 425 investors that control $25 trillion of assets found that 88% believe climate change is a risk and 75% plan to account for ESG risks in their portfolios.

The new Matrix report includes a risk ranking system that assesses major metros based on their potential for natural disasters including hurricanes, tropical storms, rising sea levels and wildfires. Investors can use the chart to quickly assess whether geographic risk is above average, below average or average.

“Whatever one makes of the science, property investors cannot ignore risks to the bottom line,” states the report. “Property damage caused by environmental events is increasing.”

More than 400 weather events caused $268 billion of damage globally in 2020, including a record $63 billion caused by severe weather events, according to insurance broker Aon. Find out what metros have the highest disaster risk.

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