How to break the circle of blame

There’s a long way to go before the real estate sector becomes Paris-proof. Tenants, owners, investors, developers, and consultants often have real difficulties in finding common ground. Each stage of the building process – development, sale, construction, use, and repurposing – involves different parties and receives different benefits from increased sustainability. The good news is that it’s becoming more common to see examples in which the circle of blame – where parties pass the buck onto others for low ambitions – is replaced by a shared goal: companies joining forces to reduce their footprint. A new financial vision, a focus on innovation, a dedicated role for the government, and behavioural changes by all stakeholders are leading to some genuinely encouraging success stories.


Read more about how the concept of the circle of blame is holding back the real estate sector and which alternatives are being developed. Leveraging on input from experts from the real estate industry, we examine these new perspectives and how these can be translated into a shared interest for all parties in the sector.

How to break the circle of blame


Sanne van Kempen

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • What is the circle of blame?
  • Solutions
  • Return on investment: new visions on making money
  • Innovation as a driving force
  • Government as stimulator and discourager
  • Changing the behaviour of all stakeholders


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