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Bank of England tells banks to push on with climate risk analysis

Mon 29th June, 2020 2:28pm
By Huw Jones
    LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) - The Bank of England (BoE) has
told banks and insurers to press ahead with analysing the impact
of climate change on their operations, saying that guidance
published on Monday would be followed by targets next year.
    The guide drawn up by the Climate Financial Risk Forum
(CFRF), which was set up by the BoE and Britain's Financial
Conduct Authority last year, is the first of its kind and sets
out how financial firms can analyse and disclose risks from
climate change and spot opportunities for new consumer products.
    Sarah Breeden, the BoE's co-chair of the CFRF, said firms
should start on their analyses straight away using the guide
that is based on best practice from firms.
    "It's much easier said than done. It takes time to develop,"
Breeden told an online launch event for the guide.
    The forum will reconvene next month to agree on strategy for
next year.
    "I expect this to include some sort of thematic work on
data, on metrics and on targets," Breeden said.
    The sector is already facing increased demands due to the
COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges such as ending the use of
the Libor interest rate benchmark.
    Daniel Klier, global head of sustainable finance at HBSC
bank, said "tone from the top" was key to success. "It will only
happen if you hear it from your leaders," he said.
    Capital rules for insurers needed "a little bit of a nudge"
to make it easier for them to invest in climate-friendly
projects, added Nigel Wilson, chief executive of Legal & General
Group.
    Breeden said that while guide did not have the force of
mandatory rules, it does set out what the BoE expects from the
firms it regulates.

 (Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Mark Potter)
 ((huw.jones@thomsonreuters.com; +44 207 542 3326; Reuters
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