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Sustainability Spotlight: Attacq Limited

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Attacq Limited is a long-standing client of GCX – a partnership that started with GCX analysing the REIT’s carbon footprint, assisting in developing the company’s CDP report submissions and facilitating the development of the company’s corporate sustainability journey and goals. In June 2020, Attacq became a GCX DASH- client and has since, through the platform and associated advisory services, unlocked value across its portfolio ever since.

Attacq is an industry leader in the real estate sector, with its smart city development, Waterfall City. The company has a mature understanding and application of sustainability principles across its business and has aligned its organisational principles with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), as well as the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. Attacq is an active participant of the FTSE4Good sustainability index and participates in the MSCI Green Index and ESG rating framework.

Attacq’s property portfolio stretches across multiple sectors and places an emphasis on green buildings, having a substantial proportion of buildings either LEED or GBCSA Green Star-certified. Ensuring that, at an operational level, buildings are meeting green certification requirements, which requires an accurate building baseline from which to measure performance.

GCX likes to have a champion, a point of contact throughout the implementation and operation of DASH- within the companies we work with. Our champion at Attacq, Kyra Rautenbach, is responsible for the company’s environmental impacts and strategy. Coming from an engineering background, Kyra has a deep understanding of the design, operations and impact of the Attacq portfolio and is a super-user of GCX DASH-.

Attacq has been taking advantage of all that GCX DASH- has to offer, from using the monthly reports across its portfolio at sector and operations manager level and informing strategic decision-making to understanding where the company can improve on its performance and managing the tenants of its properties. Consolidating data at a portfolio level can be a cumbersome task, even more so with a portfolio as large as Attacq’s. With the added task of reporting to frameworks and standards such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and FTSE4Good, having on-demand access to relevant and consolidated (or disaggregated) data has been the key value driver of GCX DASH- to Attacq.

GCX DASH- not only provides a consolidated view of performance across the Attacq portfolio but has ensured environmental data confidence. Having reliable data is the point of departure for setting accurate targets, improving performance, and implementing measures to meet targets. In conjunction with the data reliability provided by the GCX DASH-, Attacq has been working with GCX Consult on the development and delivery of an ambitious emission reduction strategy. Attacq is in the process of setting ambitious Science Based Targets (SBTs) and is undertaking energy audits across various property sectors within its portfolio. The purpose of these audits is to identify opportunities for the reduction of emissions at each of its properties, so that clear action plans for meeting the SBTs can be implemented. GCX is proud to be working with Attacq on its mission to do its part in mitigating the effects of climate change.

In developing data-driven, bottom-up action plans based on achievable emission reductions, Attacq is paving the way for not only setting but achieving top-down Science Based Targets aligned to a 1.5 Degree Pathway that can be distilled at an asset and/or sector level. This approach will help the group maximise on the full potential of efficiency and rooftop solar and identify early on any alternative emission reduction requirements to meet their targets.

Ohad Shachar, Sustainability Director, GCX

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Bernard Jacobs

DIGITAL DIRECTOR

After 14 years in the marine water sector Bernard joined GCX in 2013 and initially focused on water sustainability at corporate level. It was this process that highlighted that “most” corporates, with all good intentions, do not have the know-how, ability or understanding of how to go about gathering, managing and reporting responsible data.

During his tenure at GCX, Bernard combined his formal accounting training, his IT skills and worked together with the highly skilled technical team at GCX and its associates to develop the GCX GCX Data Analytics and Sustainability Hub (DASH-).

Ohad Shachar

SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR

Ohad joined GCX in 2008 and has over 15 years of sustainability management consultancy experience, specialising in the development and delivery of climate change response programmes. This has included carbon footprint analysis, life cycle assessments, GHG verification services, CDP reporting and GHG mitigation and adaptation strategies – all of which he has implemented with a portfolio of JSE-listed companies across various sectors such as Property, Insurance, Finance, Mining and Fisheries.

Ohad has co-authored various climate adaptation studies in agricultural and insurance sectors, and has assisted companies and cities in developing innovative climate risk and vulnerability assessment tools. He has a BSC Hons in Biochemistry, and an MPhil in Environmental Management.

Sandra Ririe

FINANCE & OPERATIONS MANAGER

Sandra is responsible for the financial and operational management of GCX. She brings rigour and discipline to the organisation’s finances and executes our strategy through efficient and sustainable operations management. Prior to joining GCX in 2012, she worked with a variety of companies to optimise their administrative processes and to build capacity internally, with a specialised focus on customer relationship management. Sandra holds a BComm Financial Accounting Degree from Stellenbosch University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management from the University of Cape Town.

Kevin James

CEO & FOUNDER

Kevin leads a dedicated team of strategic environmental sustainability and project management experts. He and his team actively support the transformation of large, complex organisations into more responsible and valuable entities by unlocking fast-emerging green economy opportunities.

As a professional with deep experience in strategic corporate sustainability as well as in the development of green, low carbon projects, Kevin and his team have developed sector-leading technology within the design and implementation of business intelligence analytics. Kevin also holds non-executive Directorship in The Green Building Council South Africa.