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Swiss Re extends climate policy to exclude oil & gas

21st February 2020

Swiss Re has announced that it will stop providing re/insurance to, or investing in, the most carbon-intensive oil and gas companies, as part of its sustainability targets. In line with this policy, Swiss Re will gradually cut business support in underwriting and asset management to the world’s 10% most carbon-intensive oil ... Read the full article

Munich Re signs up to UN carbon-neutral investment pledge

14th February 2020

German reinsurer Munich Re has signed up to the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, an international group of institutional investors that have committed to decarbonise their portfolios to net-zero emissions by 2050. Convened by the United Nations (UN), the Alliance aims to help avoid a global temperature increase above the 1.5°C Paris ... Read the full article

Australian disasters highlight need for long-term resilience: Aon analysts

13th February 2020

The increasing frequency and severity of weather-related disasters in Australia highlight a need to focus on more long-term resilience measures, according to analysts at re/insurance broker Aon. Australia recorded one of its most notable years for weather disasters in 2019, which is already the fifth largest insured loss year over the ... Read the full article

Policymakers must help stimulate sustainable investment: Insurance Europe

13th February 2020

In order to transition to a carbon-neutral economy, more policymaker action is needed to stimulate the supply of sustainable assets for investment, according to Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation. Analysts at Insurance Europe claimed that re/insurers are ready to invest in sustainable assets, but said their willingness and ... Read the full article

Beazley sees opportunity in new forms of climate change cover, says CEO

12th February 2020

Andrew Horton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of specialist re/insurer Beazley, has said that he is confident that the market can adapt the potential impacts of climate change, and sees the climate challenge as an opportunity to explore new forms of coverage. As part of the release of Beazley’s 2020 results, ... Read the full article

Climate response requires new products & modelling techniques: Cavaciuti-Wishart, AXIS Capital

4th February 2020

A comprehensive response to the complex challenges posed by climate risk will require reinsurers to adapt business models, develop new products, and improve modelling techniques, according to Ellissa Cavaciuti-Wishart, Head of Cat Modelling – International at AXIS Capital. Faced with the unpredictability of climate-related impacts, reinsurers must develop ever more sophisticated, ... Read the full article

Reinsurance a powerful enabler in mitigating climate change: Swiss Re’s Berger

3rd February 2020

The re/insurance industry is proving to be a powerful enabler in mitigating the effects of climate change, and has been spurred on by the shortcomings of government action, according to Andreas Berger, CEO of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Berger noted that the industry has been accelerating its investment in low-carbon initiatives ... Read the full article

Finance is a “critical lever” to climate transformation: Swiss Re’s Mumenthaler

28th January 2020

Swiss Re CEO Christian Mumenthaler has argued that finance – and reinsurance in particular – is a “critical lever” to achieving the kind of global transformation necessary to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Writing in an article for the World Economic Forum (WEF), Mumenthaler expressed concern about the lack of ... Read the full article

Climate change adaptation must happen at scale: Swiss Re’s Scotti at Davos

27th January 2020

The potential impacts of climate change and required adaptation has been on the re/insurance industry’s radar, but what needs to happen, is adaptation at scale, according to Veronica Scotti, Chairperson Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re. Speaking on a panel last week at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Swiss ... Read the full article

Climate a factor in catastrophes & virus outbreaks: AXA CEO Buberl, at Davos

27th January 2020

For the insurance and reinsurance industry climate change is a common factor that is seen to affect the rate of catastrophe losses and also the incidence of virus outbreaks, AXA Group CEO Thomas Buberl explained. While trends remain uncertain, when it comes to the impact of climate change on the occurrence ... Read the full article

Climate non-profit Icebreaker One launches with industry backing

27th January 2020

Global non-profit Icebreaker One has launched with £1 million in funding and support from a consortium of re/insurers and other financial institutions, with the aim of developing an open standard for data sharing to stimulate climate-friendly product innovation in 2020. Also launched during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, the ... Read the full article

Wildfire is a canary in the coal mine for re/insurers: WeatherPredict’s Tillman

24th January 2020

The uptick in devastating wildfire losses over the last few years should come as a warning to re/insurers still sceptical about the potential impacts of climate change, says Craig Tillman, President of RenaissanceRe-owned risk intelligence and research affiliate WeatherPredict Consulting. Speaking as part of a lecture in the Old Library at ... Read the full article

Climate threats dominate long term risk landscape: report

24th January 2020

Severe threats to the climate dominate the long-term risks identified in the latest Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), with economic confrontations and domestic political polarisations ranking among the shorter-term risks for 2020. The report, which was produced in partnership with Marsh & McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group, ... Read the full article

Generali signs up to UN net-zero emissions pact

23rd January 2020

Italian re/insurer Generali has joined the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, an international group of institutional investors that have committed to decarbonise their portfolios to net-zero emissions by 2050. Convened by the United Nations (UN), the Alliance aims to help avoid a global temperature increase above the 1.5°C Paris target. To achieve this ... Read the full article

Swiss Re passing climate-related price rises on to clients, says CEO at Davos

23rd January 2020

As the risk transfer industry continues to adapt to the changing climate, Swiss Re is in the process of passing climate-related price increases on to its clients, according to the firm's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Christian Mumenthaler. In an interview with CNBC at the 2020 annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in ... Read the full article

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