Insurance companies

Insurance Companies provide guarantees to cover risks for other actors and manage the capital that they accept in return by making investments. Their business models involve pricing risks, including climate-related factors like severe weather events. Like banks, they are highly regulated.

Responding entities tracked


Criteria

Responding Insurance companies Tracked

Institutions by number

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Institutions that are joining the “Paris race,” by making a commitment to any level of action under any of the three dimensions (Targets, Integration, Flows). Depending on which Criteria is selected, this trend shows the number of institutions or the total assets they represent (USD billion).

How many institutions are joining the “Paris race”, by making a commitment to any level of action under any of the three dimensions. Depending on which is selected, this trend shows the number of institutions or the total assets they represent (USD billion).

The number of insurance companies responding to Paris, or increasing their response to Paris, has seen significant growth recent years, though there is room for improvement. The response by insurance companies in the UK is concentrated in target-setting and integration, with less progress observed on portfolio alignment.

Insurance companies that are demonstrating some level of Paris response account for USD 3 trillion in assets. However, the total assets under management in the insurance industry, including life policies, is much larger.

Insurance companies in the UK began responding to climate change as early as 2017. While the number of reporting institutions doubled from 2019 to 2020, the total assets these account for increased only by 10%, suggesting larger institutions responded earlier.

Trends By Dimension


Criteria

Targets

Distribution

Institutions by number

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Distribution of integration scores for the selected institution category. Gradations in each bar represent different levels of response (ranging 0-100 from “Initial response” to “Advanced response”). The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Distribution of targets scores for the selected institution category. Gradations in each bar represent different levels of response (ranging 0-100 from “Initial response” to “Advanced response”). The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

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Target drivers

*based on average nr or AUM of reporting entities in the last 5 years

AVERAGE SCORE

Avg by number of institutions

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The green line indicates the average integration score (0-100 from “Initial response” to “Advanced response”) for the selected institution category. The average across institutions can be calculated as simple average of scores or weighted by the assets of covered entities. The dotted line indicates the score of the single institution emerging as the category’s “early leader.”

The green line indicates the average targets score (0-100 from “Initial response” to “Advanced response”) for the selected institution category. The average across institutions can be calculated as simple average of scores or weighted by the assets of covered entities. The dotted line indicates the score of the single institution emerging as the category’s “early leader.”

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Target drivers

*based on average nr or AUM of reporting entities in the last 5 years

Ten institutions have set climate targets, with a steep increase in 2020. Only four companies reported in 2019. However, these additional companies added relatively few total assets. This suggests that larger institutions have been early movers in the targets dimension. The majority of tracked institutions have only made initial responses. However, most assets are managed by the four institutions showing a developed response.

Insurance companies score a relatively strong average: 28 by number, or 36 when weighted by assets, since larger institutions are performing better. The score has remained flat over the last five years. Aviva, an early leader, scores a 42.

Alongside raising awareness, two organizations have adopted and disclosed quantified mitigation targets from as early as 2015, while commitments to push governments and industry towards acting on climate change more than doubled from 3 to 7 in 2020.

Integration

Distribution

Institutions by number

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Distribution of integration scores for the selected institution category. Gradations in each bar represent different levels of response (ranging 0-100 from “Initial response” to “Advanced response”). The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Distribution of targets scores for the selected institution category. Gradations in each bar represent different levels of response (ranging 0-100 from “Initial response” to “Advanced response”). The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

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Integration drivers

*based on average nr or AUM of reporting entities in the last 5 years

AVERAGE SCORE

Avg by number of institutions

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The green line indicates the average integration score (0-100 from “Initial response” to “Advanced response”) for the selected institution category. The average across institutions can be calculated as simple average of scores or weighted by the assets of covered entities. The dotted line indicates the score of the single institution emerging as the category’s “early leader.”

The green line indicates the average targets score (0-100 from “Initial response” to “Advanced response”) for the selected institution category. The average across institutions can be calculated as simple average of scores or weighted by the assets of covered entities. The dotted line indicates the score of the single institution emerging as the category’s “early leader.”

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Integration drivers

*based on average nr or AUM of reporting entities in the last 5 years

Responses within integration increased rapidly, but again the increase in asset coverage has been less than proportionate. More institutions (16) report execution measures in this category than targets. The number doubled from 2016 to 2020 but increased only 20% in terms of assets managed. This suggests that larger institutions have been early leaders in the dimension.

Most entities have only shown an initial response. Larger institutions with more resources have been showing more advanced responses. The industry can learn from the increasing activism of its early leaders.

While the average score is 17, progress among early leader Aviva stands out at 60, making headway towards an advanced integration response. Demonstrating the importance of internalizing transition risks for the industry, most action from insurers has so far been in climate risk disclosure and interest in internal carbon prices. Yet only 3 carbon prices have been externally assessed as robust. Most insurers have made commitments to a price, with the number tripling in 2020.

Flows

INVESTMENT TRENDS

USDm *2019-2020 data is incomplete

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Bars show the volume of transactions in primary low-carbon and climate-resilient investments, and green bond issuances. Figures are always expressed in USD million.

Sources: BNEF, CBI, CPI, NAZCA, RAN

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Flows drivers

*based on average nr or AUM of reporting entities in the last 5 years

PORTFOLIO ALIGNMENT

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions based on the assessment of the share of their investment portfolios exposed to climate-critical sectors as either aligned or misaligned with Paris goals. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: FFD, FinanceMap, TPI

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Flows drivers

*based on average nr or AUM of reporting entities in the last 5 years

Limited investment has been tracked downstream, and insurance companies have work to do to align their investments in capital markets. Apart from an isolated USD 400 million investment in low carbon projects registered in 2017, most information regarding insurance companies concerns portfolio alignment. However, of the 8 institutions surveyed, all are misaligned.

TRENDS BY INDICATORS


Targets indicators


Awareness of climate change

awareness of climate change

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have announced a clear commitment to addressing climate change through their activities, thereby raising awareness for action on climate risks or goals. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: PRI, TPI or activity tracked under other indicators (adoption of mitigation targets, investment and divestment goals, activity to influence actors in the system).

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Adoption of quantified mitigation targets

Adoption of quantified mitigation targets

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have set clear targets for climate action (primarily reducing their emissions), whether those are quantitative targets or general, and whether they are disclosed transparently. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: SBTi, ERI, NAZCA, WMB, TPI, NZAOA, PRB

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Mitigation targets by type

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have set a target, by type of target adopted. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: SBTi, NAZCA

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Adoption of investment goals

ADOPTION OF INVESTMENT GOALS

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have set and disclosed clear, accountable and measurable targets to provide a volume of financial services and investments for climate action. The distribution can be based on the institutions by number or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: WRI

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AGGREGATE INVESTMENT GOALS

USDm

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Bars show the cumulative volume of investments that institutions have committed to in goals at the organizational level. Figures are always expressed in USD millions.

Sources: WRI

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Adoption of divestment goals

Adoption of divestment goals

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have announced a clear target to divest from fossil fuels, with a clearly defined scope. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: DivestInvest, FFD

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Adoption of institutional strategy on climate change

Adoption of institutional strategy on climate change

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have set an institution-level strategy to incorporate climate change risks and opportunities, including investment or decarbonization plans. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: PDC, PRI, TPI, CAFI, PRB

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Influencing actors in the system

Influencing actors in the system

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that are engaging with government and industry on climate change. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: InfluenceMap, World Economic Forum / Mission Possible, BEI, IA, SAS, PSI, PRI, NZAOA, WMB, TPI

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Integration indicators


Disclosure of climate risks

Disclosure of climate risks

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have committed to the disclosure of climate risks and, if so, whether the level of disclosure has been assessed and can be considered sufficient. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: AODP, PRI, TCFD, CA 100+, WMB

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Emissions reporting

Emissions reporting

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have committed to disclose their emissions, and whether there is evidence that emissions are already been tracked internally. Emissions that are verified or cover the full range of activities (scope 1, 2, and 3) are here considered of higher quality. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: TPI, PCAF, PRI

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Climate progress reporting

Climate progress reporting

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that are committing to provide, or providing regular updates on measures implemented, and actions taken.

Distribution can be based alternatively on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USDbn).

Sources: SSEI, CAFI, PSI, WRI, PRB, NZAOA, WMB, PRI

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Carbon price

CARBON PRICE

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have committed to an internal carbon price to inform their decision making, have already adopted one, or transparently disclosed one to the public. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: CDP, CPLC, TPI, WMB, NAZCA

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CARBON PRICE RANGE ADOPTED

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that adopted and disclosed a carbon price, by actual carbon price range. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion), while the carbon price range is expressed in USD/tCO2.

Sources: CDP

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Climate scenario tools

Climate scenario tools

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that integrated temperature and climate scenario tools to support decision making, and the level of sophistication of the scenario used. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: PRI, TPI

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Climate risk due diligence

Climate risk due diligence

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have adopted internal climate risk due diligence and related procedures, distinguishing between organizations that so far committed to do so and those that have already put measures in place, and the degree at which they are integrated across the operational and strategic levels of the organization. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: PRI, TPI, CAFI

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Climate-related accountability

Climate-related accountability

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have adopted measures for climate accountability, looking at the extent of accountability and incentives for chief and operations-level staff, and at the existence of dedicated staff responsible for coordinating climate action. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: PRI, TPI, SSEI

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Shareholder / client engagement

Shareholder / client engagement

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions that have committed to engaging shareholders or clients on climate action, or that are taking the necessary steps by mandating climate reporting requirements or through active ownership. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: PRI, PRB, SSEI, 2Di FM, CA 100+

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Flows indicators


Investment trends

Investment trends

USDm *2019-2020 data is incomplete

Chart - How to read

Bars show the volume of transactions in primary low-carbon and climate-resilient investments, and green bond issuances. Figures are always expressed in USD million.

Sources: BNEF, CBI, CPI, NAZCA, RAN

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Portfolio alignment

PORTFOLIO ALIGNMENT

Institutions by number

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Distribution of institutions based on the assessment of the share of their investment portfolios exposed to climate-critical activities as either aligned or misaligned with Paris goals. The distribution can be based on the number of institutions or their underlying assets (USD billion).

Sources: FFD, FinanceMap, TPI

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