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Disbanded Resource and Environment Member Interest Group

Research resources arising from the activities of the former Resource and Environment Member Interest Group (MIG)

Literature reviews and research papers

The Effects of 'Limits to Growth' on Financial Markets and Consequential Impacts on Actuarial Advice

The following paper relates to research commissioned by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and presented in 2013.

Environmental Change: Opportunities for Actuaries

The following presentations are from a networking event held on 28 November 2012:

Presentations from actuarial conferences

 Newsletters

Date Content

May 2013

With the recent news that atmospheric CO2 has reached 400 ppm, this issue reviews a recent report from the Climate Change Committee on UK emissions and returns to the subject of ‘unburnable carbon’. Both could have major economic consequences, to say the least.

January 2013

This issue focuses on energy: what it costs to get, how the world’s resources are changing and what happens if we did use all those (fossil fuel) reserves.

September 2012

This issue reviews various initiatives to improve on GDP growth as a measure of ‘progress’, and suggests potential implications for actuaries. We also focus on infrastructure investment.

May 2012 

This issue contains reports on a wide range of issues including nuclear power, the potential role of insurance in adapting to climate change, and sustainability.

February 2012

This issue contains reports on some Environmental initiatives in which REG members are involved, and which have been publically supported by Government.

November 2011

This issue contains reports on two successful events held this Autumn and the exciting projects planned for the future. However, we need more help, particularly from experienced actuaries in all practice areas. Please make contact and do what you can, when you can!

August 2011

This issue address the role of litigation in addressing climate change after the US Supreme Court ruled on a case (American Electric Power v. Connecticut) involving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy providers.

June 2011

This issue looks at climate science and sensitivity. As actuaries, we do not need to understand climate science in order to carry out a work, but we do need to understand its implications, and have an appreciation of the uncertainties.

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  • Spaces available

    The Actuaries’ Carbon Collaboration (ACC) is a group of actuaries and other professionals working towards a coherent understanding of the issues around greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by considering them in an actuarial context.

    Emissions into and absorption from the atmosphere can be modelled in the same way that we model variable cash flows, including the impacts of uncertain quantities and timing. The ACC’s work investigates both the insights that this analogy provides and its limitations.

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    This talk presents the work of the Data and Modelling workstream of the IFoA Mental Health Working Party. We explore data and modelling considerations in the risk assessment and underwriting of mental health conditions. We will also consider how newer risk factors and improved data availability might open up opportunities for additional underwriting and product designs.

  • Pensions Dashboards

    12 July 2022

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    As the industry prepares for Pensions Dashboards, we have lined up a specialist panel who is at the heart of the ongoing work in this area. Hear the latest developments, future proposals and have the opportunity to put forward your questions to our speakers.

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    Crisis management, the process by which an organization deals with a disruptive, sudden and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization or its stakeholders, has become a key concern in the light of the Pandemic and Geopolitical risks.

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    Artificial Intelligence is heralded as a game-changer to the ways industries use data, with the insurance industry especially looking to embrace these new technologies. This brings many questions – not least around data privacy, ethics, potential biases and so on – with regulators increasingly interested in developments.

    Moreover, whilst the stunning progress of specific technologies such as Watson and Alphazero made headlines some years ago, current commercial applications of AI remain far from mature.

  • Spaces available

    This webinar will cover:

    • Some background on the risks of misselling in an ESG context, including the DWS case

    • Achieving positive impact is a strong antidote to the risks of greenwashing or ESG misselling, however this risks having a tension with fiduciary responsibilities

    • This tension can be resolved with a concept called Universal Ownership

    • Under Universal ownership, investors have an appetite to make a loss in order to achieve positive impact, and yet still have no compromise on their fiduciary responsibilities

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    This session will focus on the transformation roadmap of the healthcare sector in KSA and the role of actuarial capabilities in enhancing its evolution to the desired end stage as per the objectives of the Vision 2030. The discussion will focus how the system has evolved so far and shed light on  the expected future changes. Through examining  the transformation, we will highlight how the sector is and can use actuarial  expertise to not only assist with this transformation but also use basic actuarial principles to identify the key risks and their respective mitigation strategies.

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    The purpose of this research paper is to explore enterprise risk management lessons which can be learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic in preparation for potential future pandemics as well as other “gray rhino” or “black swan” events. This paper is not intended to be an all-encompassing solution to the issues presented by Covid-19; rather, the content has been provided to help drive discussions regarding how risk management processes may need to evolve in line with the dynamic nature of the underlying risks that they sometimes need to capture.

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    The IFoA's Infrastructure Working Party, led by Chris Lewin, will present its new introductory guide to infrastructure investment, which will be published on the IFoA web-site prior to the webinar.   Those readers whose institutions have already taken the plunge into infrastructure will know that it is a highly complex and diverse field of activity.   This guide does not explore all the matters which investors take into account, but it does discuss many of the more important points, including the risks and past returns, benchmarking, and ESG and SDG considerations.    Attendees will be invi

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    Health contributes to happiness at the personal, family, community and societal level.  Health, importantly underpins all our economic security. This talk will explore the drivers of our health, the measurement of health and the steps we can take to improve health – most of which lie outside the NHS.