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Market review: Climate change risk for non-life insurers

Insurance Climate change Risk

Our market review shows that there is much work to be done by firms in addressing climate change risk.

Key insights

  • 40%
    of boards have had no climate change risk training. Of these, fewer than half have training planned.
  • 60%
    of respondents have started to use metrics for monitoring climate change risk.
  • 55%
    of respondents are not yet making an explicit allowance for climate change risk in their capital calculations, pricing, underwriting or reserving.
  • 42%
    of respondents have not yet considered short-term climate change scenarios and 65% have not considered long-term scenarios.
  • 97%
    of respondents mention climate change risk in their ORSA. More than 40% have also included it in their annual reports and their SFCR.

Best practice is still evolving and there are many challenges facing insurers. The key is knowing how best to target your efforts, as well as having a clear longer-term roadmap. 

In this report, we present the findings of our market review on climate change risk for non-life insurers that we carried out in September 2021.  31 firms that took part in our review, representing a wide range of classes, territories and areas of operation, as well as a good spread of smaller and larger firms.

There is a lot to learn from others in the market and the results of our review will help you benchmark your firm’s response to climate change risk against that of your peers.

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Climate change risk management was highlighted in the PRA’s July 2020 Dear CEO letter as a key area needing improvement. Despite that, we found that most firms’ responses remain very much a work in progress. This lack of progress may prompt more intervention and rule setting from regulators. This would be a missed opportunity for the climate change response to be industry-led, rather than regulator-led.

Charl Cronje Partner and author of the report