• Bank of England warns of hit to sovereign debt from climate change

    14 September 2020

    The Bank of England has warned of the potential for climate risk to hit sovereign debt "in extreme circumstances", but it steered away from naming the countries most at risk. Anna Sweeney, executive director of the insurance supervision division at the UK's central bank, said when global warming threatened physical damage to tangible property held by insurers, this could also ricochet into the real world and so hurt insurers' investments further.

  • CFTC: Climate change poses 'major risk' to US financial system

    10 September 2020

    A report from a subcommittee of US federal regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has found that all US financial regulators must recognise that climate change poses 'serious emerging risks' to the national financial system.

  • More energy efficient properties 'cut risk of mortgage default'

    02 September 2020

    The risk of default for mortgages on the most energy efficient properties is lower than less efficient properties, according to a report by the Energy Efficiency Data Protocol and Portal (EeDaPP).

  • Bank of England publishes first climate disclosure

    19 June 2020

    The Bank of England (BoE) has published its first climate-related financial disclosure, identifying both transition risk and physical risks on its balance sheet.

  • Swedish regulator opposes easing capital rules for green investments

    17 June 2020

    The Swedish financial supervisory authority has opposed proposals to cut the capital requirements required by pension funds for their 'green' investments, the latest intervention by a global regulator in the so-called 'green supporting factor' debate.

  • Pension funds must do more to push for low-carbon transition, says Lord Deben

    14 May 2020

    The chair of the influential UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said the financial sector is beginning to take environmental concerns more seriously, but more has to be done.

  • Sovereign green bond pricing strong amid demand, says CBI

    08 April 2020

    A handful of sovereign green bonds have attracted a 'greenium', research by the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) has found.

  • Central banks prepare for "decisive" 2020 for climate change action

    02 April 2020

    The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) said 2020 will be a "decisive year", as the group of central banks warned the coronavirus crisis should not overshadow the pressure building for climate action in the financial system.

  • Carney: Prudential regulation should avoid climate policy by 'back door'

    31 March 2020

    Former Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney has warned against using prudential regulation to implement climate policy "by the back door".

  • Carney: EU Taxonomy 'still too narrow'

    25 March 2020

    Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney has reiterated that the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities remains "quite proscriptive" despite recent revisions, while he is optimistic it will become richer through the addition of transition activities in the future.