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Bank of England publishes details of climate stress test

The Bank of England recently published a discussion paper which sets out its proposed framework for the 2021 Biennial Exploratory Scenario (BES) exercise. The objective of the exercise is to test the resilience of the largest banks and insurers to the physical and transition risks associated with different possible climate scenarios, and the financial system’s exposure more broadly to climate-related risk.

The Bank is consulting on the design of the exercise and welcomes feedback on the feasibility and the robustness of these proposals from firms, their counterparties, climate scientists, economists and other industry experts by 18 March 2020.  The final BES framework will be published in the second half of 2020 and the results of the exercise will be published in 2021.