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News on climate change and how it affects the global insurance and reinsurance industry.

New rules enable insurers in California to better balance loss costs and expenses with pricing

22nd September 2023

As major insurance companies have pulled-back on underwriting property insurance in California, the local government has announced plans to enable insurers to better cover their loss costs and expenses within their pricing. Unlike public utilities, which are required by law to cover all consumers, insurance companies will not write insurance, especially ... Read the full article

Fighting climate change has become an ever greater challenge: Allianz CEO

22nd September 2023

"The long era of robust economic growth, low inflation, and geopolitical stability is over, and it's replaced by uncertainty, volatility, and war. Suddenly, fighting climate change has become an ever greater challenge," suggests Allianz CEO Oliver Bäte. Bäte's comments stem from his speech at a summit of leaders from 34 governments ... Read the full article

Homeowners deal with rising insurance rates as floods, wildfires & storms become more common

22nd September 2023

A growing number of US citizens are facing difficulties in affording insurance on their homes, a problem that is only expected to worsen because insurers and lawmakers are said to have underestimated the impact of climate change, a new report from First Street Foundation says. According to the report, 39 million ... Read the full article

Rising climate risk calls for industry and government collaboration: Moody’s

21st September 2023

In a recent report, Moody's has underscored the increasing physical climate risk and its implications for the insurance and reinsurance industries. The report highlights that the rising frequency and severity of destructive weather events are driving up underwriting risk, adding a layer of complexity to risk management strategies. One of the key ... Read the full article

Impacts of climate change continuing to be felt around the world: PwC’s Jim Bichard

13th September 2023

With climate change topping the list once again for PwC's “Reinsurance Banana Skins" report, "it does not seem surprising" due to it being so dominant for all the major events that the industry has seen over the last 12 months, states Jim Bichard, Partner and Read the full article

ARC sets new record with $60m payout in 2022, pioneering climate resilience in Africa

12th September 2023

African Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd), Africa's pioneering sovereign parametric development insurer, has announced a groundbreaking achievement with a record total payout of US$60 million in 2022. This milestone marks the largest payout since the company's establishment in 2014, underscoring the invaluable impact of its work in protecting African nations from ... Read the full article

Insurance industry grapples with rising cyber crime threat, climate change concerns: PwC

11th September 2023

In the "Insurance Banana Skins 2023" report, a joint effort by PwC and CSFI, the global insurance industry's primary concerns have been revealed, with mounting fears over cyber crime and escalating worries regarding climate change. The insurance industry faces its foremost challenge in the form of cyber crime. This threat encompasses ... Read the full article

Everest bullish on trajectory of reinsurance industry for 2023 and beyond: CEO

18th August 2023

Juan Andrade, Everest Group Chief Executive Officer, suggests the reinsurance industry serves as a "bright light" in terms of what's happening in capital markets right now, as the firm remains "bullish" on the industry's trajectory for this year and beyond. Andrade's comments stem from an interview with Bloomberg, in which he ... Read the full article

Claims for China floods reach 260,600 as loss estimate hits $1.37bn

14th August 2023

China's insurance institutions have so far received 260,600 claims in the 16 regions affected by floods and geological disasters triggered by recent extreme rainfall, with the estimated losses set out in the claims totalling 9.78 billion yuan ($1.37 billion), according to the National Financial Regulatory Administration. In July, China was hit ... Read the full article

Reinsurance as a pillar of resilience again becoming more relevant: Swiss Re

7th August 2023

In a letter to Swiss Re's shareholders, Christian Mumenthaler, Group CEO, and Jacques de Vaucleroy, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, have suggested that the firm's H2 performance will be heavily influenced by geopolitical risks, inflation, and climate change, demanding that its "cautious optimism be accompanied by vigilance." The pair ... Read the full article

Fidelis MGU announces 2030 decarbonisation target

31st July 2023

Fidelis MGU has announced a 2030 decarbonisation target in support of its broader aims, with Richard Brindle, Group Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, describing it as a "meaningful step forward" in the firm's climate change strategy. Fidelis MGU stated that it is committed to reaching net zero Insurance-Associated Emissions (IAEs) by ... Read the full article

WTW launches Climate Vista to “bridge climate skills gap in the boardroom”

26th July 2023

Global advisory and broking company WTW has announced the launch of Climate Vista, a new engagement tool designed to help company boards and senior management better understand their exposure to ESG and climate-related risks and opportunities. According to a recent survey conducted by WTW and the Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence, ... Read the full article

El Niño could significantly impact renewable energy production: WTW

25th July 2023

The emerging El Niño could cause wind drought in North America, which would have a significant effect on renewable energy production in the region, suggests a new report released by WTW. "This year’s combination of El Niño and exceptional Atlantic warmth is expected to have a significant impact on weather patterns ... Read the full article

Rep. Schiff urges FIO to investigate impacts of climate change on insurance coverage

24th July 2023

Congressman Adam Schiff has penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury Federal Insurance Office (FIO) urging them to investigate how climate change is impacting insurance coverage options for homeowners following the news that State Farm and Allstate will no longer provide new home insurance policies in California. Chiefly, the ... Read the full article

Climate change makes it challenging to predict storm dynamics: Lockton Re

21st July 2023

Underlying climate related changes are making it challenging to predict storm dynamics; as some of those changes are becoming more evident, the likelihood of loss causing storms has also increased, according to new research by Lockton Re. Lockton's reinsurance business has recently launched a new research series focused on the hurricane ... Read the full article