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Warburg-HIH Invest reduces its CO2 emissions

Warburg-HIH Invest reduces its CO2 emissions

  • Warburg-HIH Invest real estate portfolio to be converted to green electricity and carbon neutral natural gas
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions by 7,500 tonnes through green electricity as well as savings of 1,300 tonnes in balance sheet terms through green gas
  • Central allocation of gas supply reduces heating costs by €150,000 annually

Hamburg, 14. September 2020 – Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate (Warburg-HIH Invest) is improving the carbon footprint of its portfolio within the scope of its ESG strategy. The real estate portfolio is gradually being converted to an environmentally-friendly supply of electricity from ecological sources and heat from carbon-neutral natural gas. In joint undertaking with the Hamburg-based energy provider Lichtblick, a total of 126 properties are currently being converted to the use of green electricity. This will allow for a reduction of carbon emissions in the portfolio by around 7,500 tonnes annually. Warburg-HIH Invest will also be gradually converting its entire European real estate portfolio to green electricity.

“The comprehensive optimisation of our properties’ energy consumption is an important step towards the successful implementation of our ESG strategy within portfolio management. Sustainability criteria are becoming an increasingly important factor for many institutional investors when making investment decisions. This growing significance will become especially evident from March 2021, when the disclosure regulation comes into effect and real estate fund providers will have to present their sustainability activities in a transparent manner,” says Alexander Eggert, Managing Director of Warburg-HIH Invest.

In addition, properties with a gas supply within the Warburg-HIH Invest portfolio will be using carbon-neutral natural gas in future. Working together with operating costs specialist Argentus helped optimise the gas supply. Within the scope of an allocation process, Argentus awarded the gas supply volume to E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH on a bundled basis. The conversion will reduce annual carbon emissions by 1,300 tonnes in balance sheet terms. In addition, heating costs will be reduced by around €150,000 annually through central purchasing following the complete conversion.

Carbon-neutral natural gas is fossil natural gas – the resulting emissions are offset through the support of climate protection projects in other parts of the world that reduce carbon emissions locally. For example, supporting the operation of a hydroelectric power station in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The carbon savings achieved in this way are annually certified by TÜV Nord.

“The comprehensive optimisation of our properties’ energy consumption is an important step towards the successful implementation of our ESG strategy within portfolio management. Sustainability criteria are becoming an increasingly important factor for many institutional investors when making investment decisions. This growing significance will become especially evident from March 2021, when the disclosure regulation comes into effect and real estate fund providers will have to present their sustainability activities in a transparent manner”

Alexander Eggert, Managing Director
Warburg HIH Invest



Warburg-HIH Invest Acquires “KHW105” in Kiel from HBB Group for Property Fund of Norddeutsche Versorgungswerke Pension Scheme

Warburg-HIH Invest Acquires “KHW105” in Kiel from HBB Group for Property Fund of Norddeutsche Versorgungswerke Pension Scheme

  • Office and administrative building providing around 22,500 square metres of lettable area
  • Public-sector occupiers on long-term leases the main tenants
  • Weighted remaining lease term of around ten years

Hamburg, 2. September 2020 – Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH (“Warburg-HIH Invest”) just acquired the four- to six-storey office property “KHW105” in the Schreventeich district of Kiel, the state capital of Schleswig Holstein. The transaction took the form of an asset deal, the property being earmarked for the property fund of the Nordeutsche Versorgungswerke superannuation scheme. It was sold by the HBB Group. Raised at Kronshagener Weg 105 in 1994, the office building has a gross lettable area of around 22,500 square metres plus 560 underground parking spots. More than 20,900 square metres thereof are taken up by offices and administrative units. The main tenant, the BImA Institute for Federal Real Estate, occupies three quarters of the entire lettable space. The weighted average remaining lease term (WAULT) is about ten years. It was agreed not to disclose the selling price.

“The property is defined by an attractive location and by its high share of public-sector tenants. The notable loyalty to the property by these blue-chip tenants—government agencies—ensures a stable cash flow. We assume that the property will retain its function as civic centre for many years yet. In addition, the property has alternative use potential and efficient rental units in combination with a high building and interior quality,” said Hans-Joachim Lehmann, Managing Director of Warburg-HIH Invest.

The red brick cladding of the “KHW105” unit picks up on the architectural style typical of northern Germany. It offers flexible floor plans and therefore ideal conditions for large-scale tenant structures. The building is handicap-accessible.

The property is located about two kilometres north-west of Kiel’s inner city in direct proximity to other administrative buildings. Commuting to the central railway station of Kiel by means of public transportation takes just ten minutes. While easily accessible by public mass transit, the site on Kronshagener Weg is also conveniently connected to private transport networks, including the motorway network.

Warburg-HIH Invest was legally advised by Hogan Lovells International LLP, a business consulting firm that also handled the tax due diligence. The technical due diligence was carried out by C.P.H. Projekt- und Baumanagement GmbH. Cushman & Wakefield brokered the transaction in the role of estate agent. Advice to the seller side was provided by the ZENK Rechtsanwälte law firm and SCHLARMANNvonGEYSO.

“The property is defined by an attractive location and by its high share of public-sector tenants. The notable loyalty to the property by these blue-chip tenants—government agencies—ensures a stable cash flow. We assume that the property will retain its function as civic centre for many years yet. In addition, the property has alternative use potential and efficient rental units in combination with a high building and interior quality.”

Hans-Joachim Lehmann, Managing Director
Warburg HIH Invest



Warburg-HIH Invest acquires office development project from NCC in Finland

Warburg-HIH Invest acquires office development project from NCC in Finland

  • Property located in the Helsinki metropolitan area’s prestigious Keilaniemi submarket
  • Eco-friendly BREEAM Excellent building with some 9,200 square metres of GLA
  • Building to act as Fiskars Group’s new global headquarters

Hamburg, 31. Ausgust 2020 – Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH (Warburg-HIH Invest) has acquired Next, an office development project in the Helsinki metropolitan area, from NCC Property Development. The property was purchased as part of a forward funding agreement and will be included in an individual fund. With a gross leasable area (GLA) of roughly 9,200 square meters, the nine-storey single-tenant property has 125 bicycle parking spaces and 141 car parking spaces, 30 of which feature charging stations for electric vehicles. The building has been fully let for twelve years to Fiskars Group for its new corporate headquarters. The company is not only Finland’s oldest (established in 1649) but also a true global player which is represented in 30 countries and generated with some 7,000 employees net sales of €1.1 billion in 2019. The product portfolio of the Fiskars Group includes also brands such as Iittala, Wedgwood and Royal Copenhagen. The new office building is located in Espoo, the second-largest city in Finland and part of the Helsinki metropolitan area. Completion is scheduled for late 2021. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. It is planned that the property will obtain BREEAM Excellent certification, with nearly CO2-neutral heat energy and cooling provided by a local combined heat and power generation system, as well as an on-site photovoltaic system.

“We look forward to being active in Finland again with the Fiskars Global HQ,” says Matthias Brodesser, Head of Transaction Management International at Warburg-HIH Invest. “During the coronavirus pandemic, the Nordic real estate markets have showcased their role as an anchor of stability in Europe and are accordingly in demand amongst our investors. As a result, we are continuing the expansion into the Scandinavian markets that we envisioned even before COVID-19. The office development project ‘Next’ is located in a district in which 50% of all companies listed on the Finnish stock exchange are based today – one that will continue evolving dynamically into a mixed-use quarter in the years ahead. We were able to acquire the fully let project development under good terms at an early stage.”

“In Keilaniemi Next, we have worked closely together with all parties to develop an office project with a modern and sustainable working environment. Warburg-HIH Invest has chosen this project as its first investment coming back to Finland and we are very excited about our collaboration”, says Petri Bergström, Head of NCC Property Development Finland. The property is well connected to the public transport network and major roads. The Keilaniemi Metro station is less than a one-minute walk, with the motorway towards the city centre and airport two minutes away by car. A new tram station is also set to open nearby in 2024. The office development project is situated in an established location in the dynamically evolving Keilaniemi office submarket, which is home to the Finnish corporate headquarters of Microsoft, Nestlé and a growing number of start-ups. In addition, multiple residential high-rises, as well as a hotel and conference centre with 660 rooms, are slated for construction in the area.

The law firm Roschier provided legal due diligence services to the buyer, with Ramboll providing technical due diligence. EY oversaw tax and financial due diligence. CBRE provided the economic due diligence support and will continue to be involved in the project by providing ongoing construction monitoring.

„We look forward to being active in Finland again with the Fiskars Global HQ. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Nordic real estate markets have showcased their role as an anchor of stability in Europe and are accordingly in demand amongst our investors. As a result, we are continuing the expansion into the Scandinavian markets that we envisioned even before COVID-19. The office development project ‘Next’ is located in a district in which 50% of all companies listed on the Finnish stock exchange are based today – one that will continue evolving dynamically into a mixed-use quarter in the years ahead. We were able to acquire the fully let project development under good terms at an early stage.”

Matthias Brodesser, Head of Transaction Management International
Warburg HIH Invest

“In Keilaniemi Next, we have worked closely together with all parties to develop an office project with a modern and sustainable working environment. Warburg-HIH Invest has chosen this project as its first investment coming back to Finland and we are very excited about our collaboration.”

Petri Bergström
Head of NCC Property Development Finland