QIC Real Estate uses a number of ESG ratings systems, including NABERS, Green Star and GRESB, to track our performance over time. The data provide benchmarks against which we can assess our performance and act as reference points to compare performance against our property sector peers.
We are pleased to present our performance data for FY22.
NABERS is a national ratings system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings. QIC Real Estate submits properties in QIC Property Fund (QPF), QIC Town Centre Fund (QTCF) and QIC Office Fund (QOF) portfolios for NABERS Energy and Water assessments annually1.
In the NABERS results received in FY22 (covering the 2021 calendar year reporting period), the following average portfolio ratings were achieved:
|NABERS Energy Ratings
|NABERS Water Ratings
|NABERS Waste Ratings
Note: The above table presents self-calculated portfolio ratings based on formal individual asset ratings provided by NABERS in the years displayed. Portfolio ratings use average weighted star ratings and ownership percentage to determine a final result.
The ongoing implementation of environmental initiatives aims to deliver continuous annual improvements in these scores, in line with the ESG objectives identified under Our Approach. Recent NABERS Energy and Water performance has been affected by the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria and New South Wales.
This was the first year that the QIC Office Fund undertook NABERS Waste Base Building Ratings. While the initial rating result is relatively low, the rating process, along with waste management assessments, identified useful opportunities for improvements, such as the commencement of organic/food waste recycling. QIC has commenced implementing this improvement and is planning further implementation in the future.
NABERS Energy and Water ratings for Shopping Centre Base Building: 100%2 of QPF’s shopping centre portfolio has been rated by NABERS Energy and Water.
NABERS Energy and Water Ratings for Shopping Centre Base Building: 100%3 of QTCF’s shopping centre portfolio has been rated by NABERS Energy and Water.
NABERS Energy, Water and Waste Ratings for Office Base Building: 100% of QOF’s office portfolio has been rated by NABERS Energy, Water and Waste.
1 Lodgement fees are paid on behalf of QIC to NABERS for each individual rating undertaken.
2100% of rateable portfolio. Merrifield City (VIC) is excluded from annual NABERS ratings due to its limited GFA (<7,000m2) making it unsuitable for the NABERS Shopping Centre rating system.
3100% of rateable portfolio. Merrifield City (VIC) is excluded from annual NABERS ratings due to its limited GFA (<7,000m2) making it unsuitable for the NABERS Shopping Centre rating system.
Green Star is an internationally recognised sustainability rating system for buildings, fitouts and communities. The Green Star Performance Benchmark provides a holistic sustainability performance measure in relation to the operation of existing buildings.
In FY22, QIC Real Estate submitted all retail and commercial assets (excluding peripherals) for Green Star Performance ratings, which has provided us with a baseline against which to identify future opportunities for performance improvements4.
4QIC is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia who administer the Green Star sustainable building rating tools, and we pay an annual fee.
GRESB is one of many tools used by institutional investors to engage with their investments, with the aim of improving the sustainability performance of their investment portfolio, and the global property sector.
QIC Real Estate has participated in GRESB reporting since 2012 for the QIC Town Centre Fund (QTCF) and QIC Property Fund (QPF) and started reporting for the QIC Office Fund (QOF), QIC Australia Core Plus Fund (QACPF) and QIC Active Retail Property Fund (QARP) in 20165.
We continue to work closely with the Property Council of Australia and its members to ensure the GRESB benchmark further evolves as a useful tool for investors to understand and compare performance, reward demonstrated leadership in real performance, and appropriately measure the industry's contribution to mitigating climate change impacts and the many other significant ESG challenges faced by Australian real estate managers. Our 2022 results, alongside prior year results, are detailed in the table below.
Significant improvements were seen in the 2022 scores for QOF, QPF and QTCF when compared to 2021 results. This is largely attributed to the types of sustainable building certifications achieved by the assets in the funds.
While QARP and QACPF also gained points related to sustainable building certifications in 2022, both funds missed out on points for ‘Targets’. We have since developed a series of ESG targets across these funds for FY23 for which we expect to receive greater recognition in future GRESB results.
It should be noted that Victoria and New South Wales-based assets were again impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns during the reporting period, which resulted in reduced asset operating hours, potentially impacting our overall scores, especially for funds with assets in these states.
|Overall score vs
|QIC Property Fund
|91 vs 74
|QIC Town Centre Fund
|92 vs 74
|QIC Australia Core Plus Fund
|82 vs 74
|QIC Active Retail Property Fund
|85 vs 74
|QIC Office Fund
|92 vs 74
5QIC is an investor member of GRESB and pays an annual fee.
62022 GRESB scores cover the 2021 calendar year performance period.
7Average score of all GRESB participants in 2022.
COVID-19 continued to impact our portfolio during FY22, resulting in reduced operating hours and foot traffic due to intermittent lockdowns associated with Victorian and New South Wales government mandates on non-essential retail and stay at home orders. This in turn has impacted the environmental performance of our assets, resulting in reductions across the majority of metrics when compared with previous years prior to FY21. This should be taken into consideration when comparing against previous years' performance.
Aside from this, a number of initiatives were undertaken throughout the year to improve our performance across the retail and office portfolios against various environmental sustainability metrics:
|Year on Year Variance
Total energy use
Total water use
Waste recycling rate
(% of total waste)
Total Scope 1 emissions
Total Scope 2 emissions
Scope 1 & 2 intensity
(kg CO2-e /m2)
Total Scope 3 emissions
Scope 3 emissions intensity
(kg CO2-e /m2)
Gross Lettable Area
This table presents aggregated data from QIC Real Estate's portfolio of retail, office and industrial assets. The FY22 data in the table has received limited assurance. The FY21 data also received limited assurance, and the assurance statement for that data is available in our FY21 ESG Report. Data from assets that QIC does not have operational control over is excluded, including our joint venture assets, Westfield Coomera and Claremont Quarter.
Intensity metrics are calculated by dividing annual usage data by gross lettable area, allowing presentation of relative annual performance while accounting for changes in portfolio structure over time.
The following downloadable spreadsheet presents asset level FY22 environmental performance data for each of QIC Real Estate's five funds: QIC Real Estate FY22 Asset Environmental Performance Data.
8Refer to Our Progress for details on our Modern Slavery approach, including reference to the human rights issue and risks associated with the allegations of the use of forced labour of Uyghur and other ethnic minorities. For further information, read QIC’s latest Modern Slavery Statement.
9To calculate the emissions related to major tenants' energy use, QIC Real Estate has:
10Scope 3 emissions comprise Scope 3 emissions from QIC Real Estate's use of energy and generation of landfill waste and emissions related to the use of energy by our retail and office tenants.
QIC Real Estate continued to monitor our performance against a set of short-term targets during the FY22 year. These targets can be seen in the table below, along with a status update on our performance against them.
Our current FY23 short-term targets can be viewed in Our Approach.
|ESG Strategic Focus Area
|Resource efficiency & circular economy
|Establish baseline water use and set future reduction target across our portfolio
|Establish waste management improvement targets in line with the Better Buildings Partnership guidelines and integrate into waste management plans and contracts
Completed: FY23 waste targets established and incorporated into strategic asset plans.
In progress: waste management contracts to include aligned waste targets during retender of service delivery
|Deliver average 5.5-Star NABERS Energy and 4.5 Star NABERS Water ratings across QOF by 31 December 2025.
|In progress (noting 2025 target date)
|Deliver 4-Star NABERS Energy rating by 31 December 2021 and minimum 4-Star rating by 31 December 2023 for each of the core retail assets.
Completed: 4-Star NABERS Energy rating achieved in FY22.
In progress: Minimum 4-Star Energy rating (noting 2023 target date)
|All new development projects at core retail and office assets to be designed to receive a minimum 5-Star Green Star Buildings rating.
|Achieve annual carbon intensity and absolute reduction target of 10% year-on-year across core retail assets.
|Completed: Achieved annual carbon intensity and absolute reduction of 14% across core retail assets in FY22 compared to FY21
|30% of energy sources from centre-based renewable energy by 2025.
|In progress (noting 2025 target date): Tranche 1 solar PV systems installed and fully operational, and installation of tranche 2 systems commenced in FY23 and expected to be completed in FY24 delivering 30% target.
|Develop climate adaption plans for core retail assets.
|Community investment program focused on 'physical health and wellbeing' established with implementation activity to progress our flagship social theme evident at 40% or more of our asset portfolios.
|Completed (in October 2022)
|Engage with and strengthen relationships with local indigenous communities across 50% of our asset portfolio and establish baseline spend and future targets for procurement through Indigenous businesses.
|Sustainable value chain
|Establish baseline and future targets for social procurement.
|80% of high-risk suppliers on Property Council modern slavery platform by end of FY22.