Australian Unity has appointed Parag Shinde to the role of national manager - ESG to lead the firm’s ESG strategy across its portfolio of listed and unlisted commercial properties.
Mr Shinde is a sustainability, energy and climate change leader with over 20 years of experience and has previously led ESG and sustainability strategies within a number of developers and property managers including Mirvac and Bouygues Construction.
He most recently served as senior manager, energy and sustainability, at Property NSW where he implemented a transformational sustainability strategy across the organisation’s portfolio of property assets and real estate projects.
Additionally, Mr Shinde holds a master of environmental science and environmental law from the University of Sydney, a master of technology – civil engineering from the Indian Institutes of Technology and a bachelor of architecture from Mumbai University.
“Parag’s deep knowledge of property sustainability and climate change strategies will be invaluable in accelerating Australian Unity Property’s ESG strategy, and his work will drive stronger environmental outcomes, greater social impact, and sustainable returns for investors,” said Australian Unity executive general manager, property, Mark Pratt.
Australian Unity said the appointment strengthened its commitment to sustainability in the firm’s property business, which aims to uphold ESG criteria in property acquisition, development, leasing and management practices.
The firm said it was specifically focused on a number of areas including reducing energy consumption, maximising renewable energy generation and leasing to tenants that have a positive social impact.
“As one of Australia’s most trusted developers of commercial, healthcare and social infrastructure property, Australian Unity has a deep responsibility to delivering positive social and environmental outcomes through our investment, development, leasing and divestment activity,” said Mr Pratt.
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