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How to Set Up Effective Climate Governance on Corporate Boards | World Economic Forum

“The vision and action of Directors, CEOs and senior-level executives is fundamental to addressing the risks posed by climate change and delivering a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. Materials, such as this new World Economic Forum report, that support Boards and Executives understand how to deliver on the TCFD can help foster a virtuous circle of adoption, where more and better information creates imperatives for others to adopt TCFD and for everyone to up their game in terms of the quality of the disclosures made. “

Global Energy Perspective 2019 | McKinsey & Company

With the speed and magnitude of these changes evolving rapidly, we’ve identified eight potential shifts that could further accelerate the energy transition. Although these eight shifts may not represent the most probable future, they should be considered conceivable based on the developments that can be observed today.

Download the summary here.

Updated Hutley opinion on directors' duties and climate risk | CPD

The Hutley legal opinion on directors’ duties and climate risk, first released in 2016, has been updated by Noel Hutley SC and Sebastian Hartford Davison to emphasise five developments in the elapsed three years which increase the need for directors to consider climate risks. Those are: regulator alignment on the impact of climate change; new reporting frameworks; investor and community pressure; advances in scientific knowledge; and increased litigation risks. The authors write:

“In our opinion, these matters elevate the standard of care that will be expected of a reasonable director. Company directors who consider climate change risks actively, disclose them properly and respond appropriately will reduce exposure to liability. But as time passes, the benchmark is rising.”

Investors set out policy priorities to limit systemic climate risks | IGCC

The policies investors have outlined today are critical first steps to managing the substantial risks of climate change. They will also unlock multi-billion dollar investments in economic revitalisation and zero carbon modernisation.” 

Download the Media Release or the policy document Policies for a Resilient Net Zero Emissions Economy.

A New Horizon - speech by Mark Carney, Governor Bank of England

“Once climate change becomes a clear and present danger to financial stability it could already be too late to stabilise the atmosphere at two degrees.

The paradox is that risks will ultimately be minimised if the transition to a low-carbon economy begins early and follows a predictable path. But for markets to anticipate and smooth the transition to a 2-degree world, they need the right information, proper risk management, and coherent, credible public policy frameworks.”

Here's why Australia needs to keep subsidising renewables | The Guardian

If Australia wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, we have the technologies and the policies to do so at our finger tips. And of course if we don’t want to, we don’t have to, but the polls suggest we do. Time will tell whether our democratic structures are capable of responding to a problem like climate change — what we do know is that subsidies, regulation and taxes work.

Weather insurance: Insurers ‘don’t fully understand climate change risk’ | Compelo

“Munich Re said in December that the wildfires caused $24bn in losses, $18bn of which were uninsured. 

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported there were a total of 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres, which is the the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season.”

Role of disclosure in addressing climate data deficiency | Geoff Summerhayes, Sustainable Insurance Forum

On the 22nd February 2019, Geoff Summerhayes gave this speech in London at the Sustainable Insurance Forum.

“The weight of money, through consumer demand, investor decisions and regulatory responses, is pushing the transition to a low carbon economy relentlessly forward. This shift has consequences for us all, but to make good decisions, governments, regulators, businesses and investors need access to timely, reliable and sufficiently granular information.”

The worst-case scenario for global warming just got 14°F worse | Think Progress

And halfway through the book he says, in all caps, “If you have made it this far, you are a brave reader.” He admits that any of those chapters contains, “enough horror to induce a panic attack in even the most optimistic of those considering it.”

Climate change-related litigation was once seen as a joke, but could soon become business reality | ABC

Emma Herd, chief executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change and member of the global Steering Committee for the Climate Action 100+, said the change in sentiment was because of greater recognition by CEOs that climate change is not just an ethical issue.

"This is about financial risk, as well a company's social licence to operate," she said.