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Navigating the Complexities of a Climate Risk Landscape

Introduction With six months and two seasons in 2023 breaking previous records, the global November temperatures particularly stand out. Notably, two days surpassed the threshold of being over 2°C higher than preindustrial levels. Consequently, 2023 has etched its name in the annals of history as the warmest year ever recorded (Copernicus Climate Change Service, 2023). […]

Project Gaia

Introduction Climate change, a mounting global concern, goes beyond geographical and ecological repercussions. It also poses a significant risk to overall financial stability. As extreme weather events increase in frequency and intensity, businesses, governments, and financial institutions are faced with the need to understand and address these climate risks. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), initially […]

EU AI Act

Introduction Financial Times recently reported that fraudsters have employed a deepfake bot in order to deceive an employee of a Hong Kong company into transferring a substantial sum of $25 million. It is worth noting that this is not the inaugural instance of such fraudulent activity. However, the distinguishing and disconcerting aspect of this particular […]

Managed Services

Introduction In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world of banking and finance, operational flexibility and scalability are crucial for staying competitive and meeting customer demands. Managed services, including capacity support, have emerged as essential solutions that help banks navigate these challenges effectively.  Source: https://www.precedenceresearch.com/regulatory-affairs-outsourcing-market The global regulatory affairs outsourcing market was estimated at USD 6.7 billion in […]

ECB’s Climate and Nature Action Plan 2024-2025

Introduction The European Central Bank (ECB) has reaffirmed its commitment to addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by the climate crisis. In this article, we explore the ECB’s strategic framework for addressing climate change, focusing on three critical areas for 2024 and 2025: the transition to a green economy, the physical impact of climate change, and […]

Post COP28 Dubai

Introduction 2023 has now been officially confirmed as the hottest year on record, sounding alarm bells about the tangible impacts of climate change and the efficacy of global efforts to mitigate its effects. In this article, we consider what responses the world, and the financial sector in particular areare adopting or planning to adopt in […]

COP28 Dubai

Introduction As the world gears up for the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), we are reminded of the critical juncture we face in our collective fight against climate change. Nearly eight years after the historic Paris Agreement, COP28 stands out for hosting the first-ever “Global Stock Take” – a comprehensive assessment of global progress […]

California requires companies to report carbon emissions

California has just dropped a bombshell on the corporate world with the unveiling of The Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, or as we like to call it, the “Green Giants’ Reality Check.” This game-changing law is a massive leap towards tackling climate change head-on, and it’s got businesses quaking in their eco-friendly boots.   If […]

Greening the Financial Landscape: The Surge of ESG Regulations for Institutions

I. Introduction In today’s financial landscape, strong balance sheets and positive earnings forecasts are no longer the only factors that determine the success of financial services organisations. Stakeholders, including investors and customers, are increasingly evaluating firms based on their commitment to addressing broader economic and societal challenges. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations have become […]

Stress Testing Against Climate Risk – A key Emerging Exercise for Banks

Climate Risk Stress Testing Background  Climate change is one of the most complex challenges that society faces today. The continued and growing emissions of greenhouse gases since the industrial revolution have led to increased GDP, but at the price of increasing temperatures creating risks to life, ecosystems, and economies. There is increasing consensus that risks […]