"Financial markets have the potential to improve our prospects for tackling climate change, but only if we make climate risks and opportunities more transparent. ... Along with analysis of wider market conditions, investors need accurate data. The more incomplete or opaque the data and analysis, the more inefficient are markets. Yet the climate-related risks and opportunities businesses face are currently shrouded in secrecy. Having information on such risks would allow investors to back their convictions with their capital, whether they are climate optimists or pessimists, evangelicals or sceptics. It would also permit corporates not only to meet investor demand for information, but also to position their businesses to win, rather than be left behind in, the transition to a low-carbon economy." (Better market information can help combat climate change, 28 June, FT ($))
"Tail risks have an unfortunate habit of becoming reality. ... New risks are emerging around climate change that… pose threats to the financial system not unlike those we faced in 2008. A major flooding event or series of hurricanes could overwhelm the ability of insurance markets to absorb the resulting losses. Growing evidence of rising sea levels or widespread droughts could force policymakers and regulators into drastic action. Financial markets could suddenly re-price the risk posed by affected companies – such as the fossil fuel sector – leading to rapid collapses in the value of entire industrial sectors. In all of these scenarios, banks, insurance companies, and large institutional investors could find themselves facing existence-threatening losses. If ‘systemically important’ institutions face insolvency, we’d have another financial crisis on our hands." (Comment: Could climate cause the next financial crisis?, 29 June, Investment & Pensions Europe). A twitter video drawing on the article has so far received over 300 retweets & likes.
"With the release of the recommendations and the G20 meeting approaching, there's a chance for scenario analysis and climate change disclosure to take a leap toward becoming a market standard. That means more corporate and investor voices are needed. … This isn't disclosure for disclosure's sake. It's about protecting our investments — and our planet — for generations to come.” (The market-based approach to climate risk, 28 June, CNBC)
"Climate change is affecting companies through the direct impact of steadily rising global temperatures and the policies that governments around the world adopt in response. If markets are to operate efficiently, we must be transparent about that to help investors evaluate companies and make better decisions for the long term." (Companies must come clean on climate risks, 29 June, CNN Money)
Other TCFD commentary:
that widespread adoption of the recommendations will 'enhance the ability to integrate the impact of climate-related issues into credit analysis'. "Over time, greater standardization of reporting and disclosure practices would allow for a more consistent and material assessment of the credit impact of climate-related risks and opportunities across sectors and issuers," says Richard Cantor, Moody's Chief Risk Officer and member of the FSB Task Force.
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