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Coal exclusions double in 2019 as action spreads beyond Europe

2nd December 2019

The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal has more than doubled in 2019 as the industry’s retreat from the sector accelerates and spreads beyond Europe, according to data from environmental campaign group Unfriend Coal. Coal exit policies have now been announced by 17 companies controlling 46% of the reinsurance market ... Read the full article

Market is missing the point on climate change: RenRe CEO O’Donnell

31st October 2019

While a growing body of scientific research suggests that increases in the severity and frequency of catastrophe events are man-made, the re/insurance industry remains focused on the impacts of social inflation and is missing the point on the influence of climate change on catastrophe risk, says the Chief Executive Officer ... Read the full article

No area of Australia should become uninsurable, says ICA

25th October 2019

No area of Australia should be uninsurable, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has argued, provided governments invest appropriately in permanent mitigation and resilience measures. The ICA rejected the notion that climate change will ultimately prevent some Australians from being able to secure adequate coverage. With extreme weather events such as cyclones, ... Read the full article

Hiscox illustrates threat of rising sea levels with FloodPlus AR app

24th October 2019

Specialist insurer Hiscox has developed a new app designed to illustrate the potential threat of global sea level rises. FloodPlus AR utilises Augmented Reality to demonstrate the impact a 2.4 meter sea level rise - an increase predicted by certain climate experts - would have on the Hudson County area of ... Read the full article

IDF sees “untapped” potential for re/insurers to support climate resilience: Iyahen

18th October 2019

The role of the re/insurance industry in building global climate resistance is currently “significantly untapped,” according to Ekhosuehi Iyahen, Secretary General of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). Speaking during a recent lecture in the Old Library at Lloyd’s of London, Iyahen discussed how the industry can help to build climate resilience ... Read the full article

Concerns about climate, cyber & political risks intensify: AXA survey

16th October 2019

Climate change, cybersecurity risks, and geopolitical instability are viewed as the three emerging risks most likely to have a significant impact in the near future, according to a new report from AXA. The report, which was based on the results of AXA’s 2019 Emerging Risks Survey, highlighted the “sheer number and ... Read the full article

Climate & tech disruption top CEO concerns in 2019, reports KPMG

14th October 2019

A new report by KPMG has determined that climate change is regarded as the most pressing concern to organisational growth amongst CEOs in 2019, with technological disruption also high on the agenda for re/insurance CEO’s in particular. The study, which surveyed 1,300 CEOs across 11 key markets and 11 industry sectors, ... Read the full article

Deutsche Rück and VöV Rück commit to sustainable investments

14th October 2019

German reinsurers The Deutsche Rückversicherung Group (Deutsche Rück) and VöV Rückversicherung KöR (VöV Rück) have joined an investor initiative that will see them commit to more sustainable investment practices. The companies signed the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a financial initiative that was established with help from the United Nations back ... Read the full article

There’s a measurable difference in today’s climate, says RenRe’s O’Donnell

11th October 2019

Kevin O’Donnell, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bermudian reinsurer RenaissanceRe (RenRe), has said that today, observable change in the world's climate is taking place. “There’s a measurable change that is going on, there is a measurable difference in today’s climate compared to previous climate,” said O’Donnell, addressing an ... Read the full article

AXIS Capital withdraws support for Australia’s Carmichael mine, sources report

3rd October 2019

Bermudian insurance and reinsurance firm AXIS Capital Holdings Limited has dropped its bid to provide coverage for the controversial Carmichael coal mine project in Australia, according to sources at Reuters. The publication said that sources close to the company confirmed that AXIS had withdrawn its quotes for insurance of the mine’s ... Read the full article

Swiss Re, Allianz & Zurich commit to net zero emissions by 2050

26th September 2019

Re/insurance giants Swiss Re, Allianz and Zurich are among a group 12 global companies that have committed to transitioning their investment portfolios to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance represents more than US $2.4 trillion, and was convened by the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative and the ... Read the full article

Climate resilience requires action on both sides of the balance sheet: BoE Governor

25th September 2019

Building global climate resilience will require insurers and reinsurers to take more action on both sides of their balance sheet, according to Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England (BoE). Speaking at the UN General’s Climate Action Summit 2019, Carney said that, on the liability side, re/insurers must focus on ... Read the full article

New public-private ocean risk initiative launches at UN climate summit

24th September 2019

As part of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit, a collaborative initiative between the re/insurance and finance sectors, governments, and environment organisations is being launched to build resilience to ocean risk in vulnerable areas. The newly formed Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA) will aim to support resilience in the ... Read the full article

Evidence for rapid climate change “absolutely compelling”, says Kessler

10th September 2019

Denis Kessler, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of French reinsurer SCOR, has described the evidence for rapid climate change as “absolutely compelling” and called on the industry to share expertise. His comments, delivered at a conference this morning at the international rendez-vous of insurance and reinsurance, detailed the extent of ... Read the full article

Climate change among top reinsurer concerns in 2019, reports PwC

9th September 2019

Climate change has quickly climbed the ranks to join technology and cyber risk as one of the three most pressing concerns for the reinsurance industry in 2019, according to the new Banana Skins report by PwC. Now ranked as the third-biggest concern to reinsurers, climate risk is a new entry to ... Read the full article

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