Topic: Climate Change

Illinois to Participate in the Climate Risk Disclosure Survey

On October 13, 2022, the Illinois Department of Insurance (the “Department”) issued Company Bulletin 2022-16 (the “Bulletin”).  The Bulletin is addressed to all domestic insurers and advises that the Department will now participate in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Climate Risk Disclosure Survey (the “Survey”).

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Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Releases 2022 Climate Progress Fact Sheet and Announces Climate Data and Analytics Pilot Program

In October 2021, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) published its inaugural Report on Climate-Related Financial Risk making over 30 recommendations to U.S. state and federal financial regulators on how best to identify and address climate-related risks to the financial system. At that time, FSOC formed a new staff-level interagency committee, the Climate-related Financial Risk Committee (CFRC). At last week’s FSOC meeting, CFRC members reported their progress and released a Fact Sheet emphasizing interagency coordination and capacity building, in particular emphasizing data and methodological gaps. FSOC members reported on international and interagency cooperation prioritizing data collection and harmonization of reporting methodology.

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N.Y. DFS Issues 2021 Update on New York Domestic Insurers’ Management of the ‎Financial Risks from Climate Change

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued its 2021 Update on New York Domestic Insurers’ Management of the Financial Risks from Climate Change, analyzing 2021 survey responses from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Climate Risk Disclosure Survey or alternatively the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The report summarizes the submissions made by domestic insurers, highlights advances over the previous year, and reiterates DFS expectations while providing examples of good practices.

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NAIC Adopts New Climate Risk Disclosure Standard for its Survey

The NAIC adopted at its April 7 meeting the recommendations of its Climate Risk & Resiliency Task Force to revise its Climate Risk Disclosure Survey.  As we described in our Locke Lord QuickStudy: Insurers Hit with Two Climate Disclosure Developments on the Same Day, the revisions make the Survey consistent with the international Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) disclosure framework. 

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SEC and the NAIC Propose Significant New Climate Reporting Requirements

On March 21, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners both proposed significant revisions to climate disclosure rules. If adopted, these rules would require affected insurers to disclose climate-related risk assessments and management at the board and C-Suite level and, in some instances, Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions.

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Federal Insurance Office Spells Out Priorities Regarding Climate-Related Financial Risks in Insurance Sector

On August 31, 2021, the Federal Insurance Office (“FIO”) issued a request for information ‎regarding climate-related financial risk in the insurance sector. In the Request, the FIO laid out a ‎conceptual framework for categorizing climate-related financial risk and its three pronged ‎approach to implement portions of the President’s January 27, 2021 Executive Order on the ‎Climate Crises and his May 20, 2021 Executive Order on Climate-Related Risk in the Financial ‎Sector.

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