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FSB roadmap for addressing climate-related financial risks

There is a need to coordinate the large and growing number of international initiatives underway on addressing financial risks from climate change.

There is a growing focus on potential risks to financial stability from climate change. A large, and growing, number of international initiatives are underway on addressing financial risks from climate change. Ongoing work by official sector bodies, including the FSB, NGFS, BCBS, IAIS, IOSCO, OECD, IMF and World Bank, and a variety of private sector bodies on climate issues have been added to recently by the IFRS Foundation proposal to establish an International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), initially focused on climate-related reporting. More generally, climate topics are being given an important place in both the G20 and G7 agendas for 2021, and preparations are underway for COP26.

This roadmap for addressing climate-related financial risks, which has been prepared in consultation with standard-setting bodies (SSBs) and other relevant international bodies, supports international coordination in several ways.

  • It promotes relevant initiatives at standard-setting bodies, the NGFS and other international organisations.
  • By presenting relevant ongoing and planned international work in one place, it helps to identify gaps to be covered by further work, limit overlap and promote synergies.
  • It sketches out how the FSB can serve as a forum for discussing cross-sectoral and systemic issues and agreeing a way forward.
  • It provides input into broader international policy considerations by facilitating communication with the G20, G7 and COP26.

All this supports the consistency of actions to be taken over the coming years, enhances authorities’ ability to address financial stability risks and reduces the risk of harmful market fragmentation.

The roadmap focuses on work to assess and address financial risks of climate change through four main, interrelated areas: firm-level disclosures; data; vulnerabilities analysis and regulatory and supervisory tools.

The FSB roadmap sets out a comprehensive and coordinated plan for addressing climate-related financial risks, including steps and indicative timeframes needed to do so, and paves the way for implementation. It will be delivered to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in July 2021.

Compliments of the Financial Stability Board.