Today CPD releases a new discussion paper on how business and investors can use scenario analysis in order to better understand and respond to climate-related risks and opportunities.
The paper, Climate horizons 2017: next steps for scenario analysis in Australia, is co-authored by CPD Policy Director Sam Hurley and new CPD Fellow Kate Mackenzie.
It is now very clear that Australian companies and investors should consider and disclose the financial and economic risks that climate change poses. Scenario analysis – which considers how risks and opportunities might evolve under different climate and policy trajectories – is emerging as a crucial part of global best practice for identifying climate risks, disclosing them to markets, and responding to them through strategy and risk management.
The Financial Stability Board’s Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures recommended that scenario analysis should be a key priority for firms and investors around the world, while APRA’s Geoff Summerhayes emphasized the importance of scenario analysis to guide Australian responses to climate risks in his ground-breaking speech on climate change and the financial sector earlier this year.
However, achieving robust, consistent scenario analysis will be challenging, particularly while new practices and standards are emerging. There is a risk that inconsistent or flawed approaches could obscure more than they reveal, and that different users and stakeholders might develop very different expectations about what good scenario analysis looks like.
Climate Horizons 2017 suggests how Australian practice can be consistent with our international climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and with the leading international framework for robust climate disclosures, the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climaterelated Financial Disclosures.
Climate horizons 2017 suggests five key principles that stakeholders can focus on as hallmarks of robust scenario analysis, as Australian responses to the TCFD take shape. Scenarios should:
Climate horizons 2017 also recommends key priorities for regulators: encouraging wide adoption of the TCFD framework in Australia, boosting their own capabilities to understand scenario analysis and climate risk, and co-operating more effectively to manage and monitor system-wide risks and impacts.
Climate horizons 2017 is released to coincide with CPD’s Public Forum on Building a Sustainable Economy, where APRA’s Geoff Summerhayes, the CEFC’s Steven Skala, ANZ’s Christina Tonkin and new CPD board member Sam Mostyn will discuss how different organisations can help shape better near- and long-term responses to climate risk and other sustainability challenges.
CPD will use Climate horizons 2017 as a basis for stakeholder engagement and further research on scenario analysis over the next few months, leading towards a full report on this issue in mid-2018.
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