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Taskforce on climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

The Financial Stability Board’s Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Chaired by Michael Bloomberg and heralded by Mark Carney, was established in 2016 to provide the financial services sector with a consistent and reliable means of assessing, pricing, and managing climate related risks. These recommendations enable investors to make better informed decisions and lenders, insurers, and underwriters to evaluate their risk over the short, medium and long-term. 

Why is the IFoA getting involved? 

Actuaries’ expertise allows them to identify and manage long-term risk.  Actuaries can use these skills to play a vital role in driving the TCFD’s recommendations by conducting scenarios analyses that identify risk exposure and the potential effects of various mitigation measures.  Without understanding the potential implications of climate- risk from these analyses, companies could face liability, physical and reputational risks.  In addition, if a company does not take stock of its exposure to climate-risk now, the costs of transitioning to a low carbon environment in the future are likely to increase, placing a company at a competitive disadvantage.

Previous Work

The IFoA has produced a number of pieces calling the financial industry to take account of climate risk and recognising the recommendations of the Task Force as a vehicle for doing so.  Our previous work includes:

Webinar with the Institute of Environmental Management and Analysis (IEMA)

25 April 2019

Watch the joint IFoA and IEMA webinar, ‘Task Force on climate related financial disclosures (TCFD) – introduction and perspectives for our professions’. The webinar is an opportunity to hear first-hand from:

  • Steve Waygood, and industry leader and member of the TCFD
  • Louise Pryor, Chair of the IFoA’s Resource and Environment Board, and
  • Paul Pritchard, Senior Associate at Iken and IEMA member
     

Watch the video
 

Breakfast Briefing with Russell Picot and Louise Pryor

26 February 2018

View the breakfast briefing presentation where Russell Picot, Special Advisor to the Task Force and Louise Pryor, Chair of the IFoA’s Resource and Environment Board, discuss the recommendations and ways for actuaries and non-actuaries to collaborate for implementing the recommendations 

Webinar with Russell Picot and Nico Aspinall

22 May 2017

Watch our webinar with Russell Picot and Nico Aspinall, former Chair of the IFoA’s Resource and Environment Board, to learn more about the work of the TCFD and how actuaries can play an essential role in creating systemic change.

Risk Alert and Pensions Guide

12 May 2017

Read the IFoA’s Risk Alert to all members warning all members to ensure they understand and clearly communicate the extent to which they have taken account of climate-related risks in any relevant decisions, calculations, or advice.

To support actuaries implementing this, the IFoA also produced a practical guide on resource and environment issues that are relevant for pension schemes and pensions actuaries.

Previous Consultation Responses

Read our previous consultation responses:

2019

31.01.19 IFoA response to FCA discussion paper on climate change and green finance

15.01.19 IFoA response to PRA consultation on enhancing banks’ and insurers’ approaches to managing the financial risks from climate change

2018

22.01.18 IFoA response to FRC initial consultation on the future direction of the UK Stewardship Code

22.01.18 IFoA response to the European Commission- Public consultation on institutional investors and asset managers' duties regarding sustainability

2017

22.09.17 IFoA response to EU Commission EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance

10.02.17 IFoA response to Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

2016

29.04.16 IFoA response to FSB Task Force on climate disclosure consultation

24.03.16 IFoA response to EU Consultation on long-term and sustainable investment

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  • Implications of 2019 IFRS 17 Exposure Draft

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    24 July 2019

    Fully booked.

    The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) recently published an Exposure Draft (ED) of limited changes to its insurance contracts standard IFRS 17, effective date 2022.

  • Insurance Investment Roundtable with the IFoA & PRA - 25 July 2019

    EY Offices 1 More London Place London, SE1 2AF
    25 July 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA hosts regular roundtable meetings with the PRA on best practice in insurance investment and the application of the Prudent Person Principle, which governs insurance investment under Solvency II.

  • SIAS Event: Climate Zero to Climate Hero

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    3 September 2019 - 4 September 2019

    Spaces available

    An introductory session to help you get ahead with climate change.

    • Science, terminology and initiatives: handy facts to keep in your back pocket 
    • Getting your point across: how to influence people and avoid common traps and pitfalls
    • Taking action: what are actuaries expected to do...and what are we actually doing?
  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
    • The future of regulation
    • FCA Engagement in Scotland
  • Sessional Research Event - Risk Margin Working Party

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 September 2019

    Spaces available

    For life insurers in the UK, the risk margin is one of the most controversial aspects of the Solvency II regime. Following its implementation, the risk margin came under considerable criticism for being too large and too sensitive to interest rate movements. These criticisms are particularly valid for annuity business – such business is of great significance to the national system for retirement provision. This criticism has led to political interest, and the risk margin was a major element of the Treasury Committee inquiry into Solvency II.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 

     

  • The Future of the Actuarial Profession

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    3 October 2019

    Spaces available

    Three actuaries – and CEOs – discuss their views on how the business world is changing and what that might mean for actuaries in the future.

  • Life Conference 2019

    The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
    20-22 November 2019
    Spaces available

    The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    2 December 2019

    Fully booked.

    The IFoA is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Lecture will feature the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as its guest speaker.  Nicky has previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. She now chairs the Treasury Select Committee whose remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, along with all of its agencies and associated bodies.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019: Live Streaming

    Webinar 
    2 December 2019

    Spaces available

    Watch the live stream of this year's Autumn Lecture with guest speaker Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.