Chartered Banker Institute responds to FCA Discussion Paper on Climate Change and Green Finance
Today, the Chartered Banker Institute has published its response to the FCA’s recent Discussion Paper on Climate Change and Green Finance.
We support the timely focus by both the FCA, and the PRA, in its recent draft Supervisory Statement on Climate Risks, on this important issue. Taken together, the regulators’ intervention should help to ensure greater strategic thinking by firms with regard to the issues and impact of climate change risks and the transition to a low-carbon economy.
In our response, we support the view that there is currently no need for the UK’s regulators to intervene. Instead, they have an important role to play in highlighting and encouraging engagement with existing initiatives, most notably the Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosure’s (TCFD) recommendations for climate risk reporting, which is already emerging as the global, voluntary standard in this area.
We propose that where the TCFD framework and recommendations are at too high-level and lack specific detail, the FCA is well placed to suggest where further guidance may be found or propose its development.