- Alpha Group News
- 12. September 2019
- Press Release | Alpha Trains
Alpha Trains is best in class
Alpha Trains once again top-ranked in GRESB Benchmark
- Alpha Trains best rolling stock company in Europe
- Company awarded with the GRESB 5 Star Rating for the 3rd time
Luxembourg, 12. September 2019 - For its commitment to sustainability, Alpha Trains has been awarded with a GRESB 5 Star Rating for the third time. This is the highest GRESB Rating and the recognition as an industry leader. Additionally, the lessor for locomotives and trains is ranked 1st in its peer group of European rolling stock companies. The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) is a global sustainability platform and evaluates and compares the annual performance of real assets worldwide based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.
It is the third year that Alpha Trains has been evaluated by GRESB. In 2017, the company achieved a GRESB 5 Star Rating for the first time. The lessor improved its score in 2018, ranked 1st in its peer group and gained the recognition as Sector Leader.
“Achieving the GRESB 5 Star Rating for the third time clearly shows that our sustainability strategy is paying off,” says Shaun Mills, CEO of the Alpha Trains Group. Responsibility for the environment and society is firmly anchored and described in Alpha Trains’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy and Mission-Vision-Values Statement.
“At Alpha Trains we understand environmental, social and governance issues as core business issues and GRESB gives us a clear roadmap with actions we can take to improve our ESG performance steadily,” says Carsten Schnurpfeil, Sustainability Manager of the Alpha Trains Group.
Each year GRESB assesses and benchmarks the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets worldwide and monitors the sector’s progress towards global sustainability goals. GRESB Assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of real asset investments and are aligned with international reporting frameworks such as GRI and PRI.
Mission-driven and investor-led, GRESB is the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark for real assets. We work in collaboration with the industry to provide standardized and validated ESG data to the capital markets. The 2019 real estate benchmark covers more than 1,000 property companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), funds, and developers. Our coverage for infrastructure includes 500 infrastructure funds and assets. Combined, GRESB represents over USD 4 trillion in real asset value. More than 100 institutional investors, with over USD 22 trillion AUM, use GRESB data to monitor their investments, engage with their managers, and make decisions that lead to a more sustainable real asset industry.