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Munich Re CEO calls for higher price on carbon emissions

10th June 2019

Joachim Wenning, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at reinsurer Munich Re, has urged European policymakers to increase the cost of emitting carbon, according to reports from the Financial Times. Wenning believes that such a move would create financial incentives to accelerate the switch from fossil fuels to renewables, thereby helping to limit ... Read the full article

Warmer climate is driving higher re/insurance costs: Swiss Re report

16th May 2019

Rising global temperatures due to climate change have heightened the risk of costly events such as wildfire and drought and significantly impacted the level of re/insurance industry losses in recent years, according to the latest sigma report by Swiss Re. Swiss Re expects that climate change will cause more frequent occurrences ... Read the full article

Atlantic Council launches global resilience center

2nd May 2019

The Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., has announced the launch of a new center that aims to enhance the resilience of one billion people around the world by 2030. The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center will launch following a $25 million gift from business leader and philanthropist ... Read the full article

Climate factors to be “fully integrated” into SCOR’s new strategy: Denis Kessler

30th April 2019

French reinsurer SCOR intends to “fully integrate” a range of climate risk management approaches into its next strategic plan, according to Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Denis Kessler. Kessler’s comments came alongside the announcement of SCOR's commitment to more stringent underwriting exclusions for coal-based businesses, which climate activist group ... Read the full article

SCOR & AXA commit to more coal exclusions

26th April 2019

French re/insurers SCOR and AXA have both committed to strengthening their coal exclusion policies in an effort to limit the effects of climate change, according to environmental campaigners at Unfriend Coal. A representative from the activist group questioned the companies at their annual general meetings this week, who both claimed to ... Read the full article

Hannover Re to restrict underwriting for coal-based risks

18th April 2019

Hannover Re has announced that it plans to adopt a more restrictive underwriting policy for the reinsurance of coal-based risks in order to help combat climate change. As a general principle, the reinsurer will not provide coverage for any planned new coal-fired power plants or coal mines, and aims to no ... Read the full article

Wildfire premiums could become a “social issue”: Munich Re climatologist

8th April 2019

Raising premiums in response to the increasing frequency and severity of wildfire losses could become a “social issue,” making cover unaffordable for ordinary people, according to Ernst Rauch, Chief Climatologist at Munich Re. Speaking with the Guardian, Rauch said: “If the risk from wildfires, flooding, storms or hail is increasing then ... Read the full article

QBE to phase out thermal coal exposure in climate action push

2nd April 2019

Global re/insurer QBE Insurance Group has announced that it plans to stop insuring thermal coal projects as part of its recently implemented climate plan to mitigate the effects of global warming. CEO Patrick Regan explained that from 1 July 2019, QBE will exclude any new direct insurance services for new construction ... Read the full article

Physical & economic impacts of climate change are accelerating: WMO study

29th March 2019

The physical signs and socio-economic impacts of climate change are accelerating as record greenhouse gas levels drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WMO’s study on the state of the global climate in 2018 highlighted record sea level rise, ... Read the full article

Bank of England to implement new climate risk standards

25th March 2019

The Bank of England is preparing to release a new set of rules on how it expects re/insurers and banks to manage the financial risks from climate change, according to Governor Mark Carney. In a statement on Thursday, Carney acknowledged that “insurers and reinsurers are on the front line of managing ... Read the full article

Australian regulator calls for stricter climate risk management practices

22nd March 2019

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) intends to increase its scrutiny of the way re/insurers manage the financial risks of climate change on their business. The regulator called on re/insurers, as well as banks and superannuation trustees, to move from gaining awareness of the financial risks to taking action to mitigate ... Read the full article

Digitalisation of the re/insurance sector has to happen, says Brit’s Jon Sullivan

20th March 2019

Jon Sullivan, Group Deputy Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) at Brit, recently spoke with Reinsurance News about a number of market trends, including the renewals, technological advancements and disruptions, and also the changing climate. Global specialty insurer and reinsurer Brit’s fourth-quarter 2018 profits were hit by almost $200 million of catastrophe losses, ... Read the full article

Insurers join with UK regulators to address financial risks of climate change

13th March 2019

Several insurers joined the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) last week to develop responses to the financial risks of climate change at the first meeting of the Climate Financial Risk Forum (CFRF). Representatives from Aviva, Legal & General, Lloyd’s of London, RSA Insurance Group, and Zurich ... Read the full article

Large California wildfires could now occur in any year, finds study

5th March 2019

Large wildfires similar to those seen in 2018 could now occur in any year, regardless of how wet the previous winter was, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study concluded that increased temperatures due to climate change and more effective efforts ... Read the full article

Re/insurers need to address gradual, regional impacts of global warming: Jeworrek, Munich Re

1st March 2019

It's neither possible or wise for insurers and reinsurers to speculate and make price changes in models to account for global warming that people think will occur in two decades time, according to Torsten Jeworrek, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reinsurance, Munich Re. In light of increased catastrophe losses in both ... Read the full article

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