Singapore – Ascott Residence Trust (ART) has obtained a S$50 million five year green loan from DBS Bank Ltd (DBS), making ART the first hospitality trust in Singapore to secure a green loan. Proceeds from the green loan will be used to finance ART’s maiden development project and coliving property, lyf one-north Singapore. lyf one-north Singapore is one of ART’s 15 properties that attained green certifications in 2020, bringing the total number of ART’s green properties to 21. This is about four times more green-certified properties compared to 2019.
Slated for completion in 4Q 2021, lyf one-north Singapore is the first coliving property in Singapore’s research and innovation business hub. The property will integrate greenery in its social spaces. Its lush planting within the property’s plaza spaces will allow natural shading, to create a thermally comfortable environment for outdoor activities. lyf one-north Singapore combines the best of serviced residences, hotels and coliving apartments. Offering guests a vibrant, comfortable and safe home away from home, the coliving property features open, flexibly-designed social spaces and self-contained apartments, suitable for guests on long orshort stay. lyf one-north Singapore is one of the 14 lyf coliving properties by ART’s sponsor, The Ascott Limited (Ascott).
Ms Beh Siew Kim, Chief Executive Officer of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited and Ascott Business Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (the Managers of ART), said: “Sustainability is core to everything we do at ART. As the proxy hospitality trust in Asia Pacific with a global footprint, we recognise the importance for ART to play our role as a responsible corporate citizen. Being the first hospitality trust in Singapore to secure a green loan reinforces ART’s commitment to do our part for the environment and the communities we operate in. Sustainability is integrated into every stage of our properties’ lifecycle, from design to development and operations. In 2020, we have increased the number of green properties in ART’s portfolio by about four times. Being part of CapitaLand, we are aligned with CapitaLand’s 2030 Sustainability Master Plan to green all our properties globally by 2030, future proofing our assets while creating long-term value for our Stapled Securityholders.”
Mr Chew Chong Lim, Managing Director & Global Head of Real Estate, Institutional Banking, DBS, said: “DBS is pleased to partner ART in inking the green loan by a hospitality trust, among the first in the industry. We hope this spurs more companies in the hospitality property space to explore green financing solutions. We are committed to collaborating with companies in Singapore and the region to adopt responsible financing practices for a greener, more sustainable future.”
Greened 15 properties in 2020
In 2020, ART stepped up its sustainability efforts, achieving green certifications for 15 properties. Four ART properties recently achieved the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) certification in December 2020. The EDGE’s green building certification is an internationally-recognised green certification system created by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. In 2018, Ascott signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IFC to pioneer a green building certification for serviced residences, as part of IFC’s EDGE system.
The four ART properties that recently received EDGE certification are Citadines Arnulfpark Munich in Germany; Ascott Jakarta and Somerset Grand Citra Jakarta in Indonesia; and Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi in Vietnam. Ascott Makati in the Philippines was the first serviced residence to receive this EDGE certification in 2018, followed by Somerset Grand Hanoi in Vietnam in January 2020. These properties have all demonstrated resource efficiency of at least 20% in energy and water use, as well as embodied energy in materials – energy that went into making the construction materials.
Nine ART properties have also attained the Green Star certification in December 2020. Developed by the Green Building Council of Australia, the Green Star certification is Australia’s largest voluntary and holistic sustainability rating system for buildings, fitouts and communities. The Green Star certified properties include Citadines St Georges Terrace Perth; Citadines on Bourke Melbourne; and Citadines Connect Sydney Airport.
The 15 new green-certified properties in 2020 add to ART’s six existing green-certified properties. The properties are the EDGE-certified Ascott Makati in the Philippines, Somerset Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam that has received the BCA Green Mark GoldPLUS award, as well as two Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rated properties, La Clef Louvre Paris in France, and Citadines Trafalgar Square London in the United Kingdom. BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method on an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance. Citadines Michel Hamburg and Citadines City Centre Frankfurt in Germany have received green certifications from German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), the official representative of the World Green Building Council in Germany.
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About The Ascott Limited
The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. Ascott’s portfolio spans more than 180 cities across over 30 countries in Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA.
Ascott has about 70,000 operating units and over 48,000 units under development, making a total of about 118,000 units in over 700 properties.
The company’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott The Residence, he Crest Collection, Somerset, Quest, Citadines, lyf, Préférence, Vertu, Harris, Citadines Connect, Fox, Yello and POP!.
Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984. Today, the company boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.
Ascott’s achievements have been recognised internationally. Recent awards include DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; World Travel Awards 2019 for ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in Asia, Europe and the Middle East; Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; Business Traveller China Awards 2019 for ‘Best Luxury Serviced Residence Brand’; and TTG China Travel Awards 2019 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China’. For a full list of awards, please visit https://www.the-ascott.com/ascottlimited/awards.html.
About CapitaLand Limited
CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand) is one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, it owns and manages a global portfolio worth S$131.9 billion as at 31 December 2019. CapitaLand’s portfolio spans across diversified real estate classes which includes commercial, retail; business park, industrial and logistics; integrated development, urban development; as well as lodging and residential. With a presence across more than 200 cities in over 30 countries, the Group focuses on Singapore and China as its core markets, while it continues to expand in markets such as India, Vietnam, Australia, Europe and the USA.
CapitaLand has one of the largest real estate investment management businesses globally. It manages seven listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and business trusts as well as over 20 private funds. Since it pioneered REITs in Singapore with the listing of CapitaLand Mall Trust in 2002, CapitaLand’s REITs and business trusts have expanded to include Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust, CapitaLand Commercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand Retail China Trust, Ascendas India Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.
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