Insurers Brace for SEC Climate Risk Disclosure Rules

June 28, 2022 by Russ Banham
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For U.S. property/casualty insurance carriers, the landmark proposal by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on the disclosure of climate-related risks and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) is a complicated matter.

Executive Summary

A landmark proposal by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on the disclosure of climate-related risks and greenhouse gas emissions gives some leeway for compliance, but the time is now to prepare for complex and demanding disclosures, experts told Insurance Journalist Russ Banham, noting that disclosure of "Scope 3" emissions will be a particularly problematic exercise for P/C insurers and reinsurers.
Executive SummaryA landmark proposal by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on the disclosure of climate-related risks and greenhouse gas emissions gives some leeway for compliance, but the time is now to prepare for complex and demanding disclosures, experts told Insurance Journalist Russ Banham, noting that disclosure of “Scope 3” emissions will be a particularly problematic exercise for P/C insurers and reinsurers.

For several years, many insurers have voluntarily provided climate risk disclosures and pledged to reduce their investments in and underwriting of companies that produce high volumes of greenhouse gas emissions. Assuming the SEC proposal is adopted and implemented as proposed, carriers will need to show exactly when and how this will be accomplished.