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Swiss Re adopts climate-related financial disclosure recommendations

December 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re announced on Wednesday that it will adopt the climate-related financial disclosure recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Swiss Re helped develop the voluntary guidelines on climate risk reporting and is a member of the

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PM hails national climate change deal, but without Saskatchewan, Manitoba

December 11, 2016 Bruce Cheadle - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared victory Friday in his campaign to craft a national “framework” agreement on climate change – even though Saskatchewan and Manitoba refused to sign on to the deal and British Columbia claimed a major

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Sustainability in insurance gaining steam: KPMG speaker

December 9, 2016 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Although the issue of sustainability in insurance is a relatively new concept in Canada, it is one that is gaining ground throughout the world, a speaker said on Wednesday at KPMG’s 25th Annual Insurance Conference. Houston Cheng, consulting actuary and

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Insurance undergoing “a fundamental structural change”: KPMG speaker

December 8, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

The insurance industry is undergoing structural change with the emergence of platform-based business models and insurers need to ready themselves to be able to take part, Matthew Smith, insurance co-lead for the Global Strategy Group at KPMG, suggested during the

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U.K. 2015/2016 floods one of the century’s “most extreme and severe” flood episodes

December 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The winter floods of 2015 and 2016 in the United Kingdom were one of the “most extreme and severe hydrological events of the last century,” a new scientific review has confirmed. The hydrological appraisal, titled The winter floods of 2015/2016

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Losses from Desmond floods in U.K. estimated at £604 million: PERILS

December 5, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The fourth and final insured property market loss estimate flowing from U.K. flooding in the wake of storm Desmond in late 2015 is £604 million, reports PERILS AG. Desmond and other low-pressure systems caused effects over a three-week period from

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Actuaries Climate Index launched to measure changes in extreme weather events and sea level in Canada, continental U.S.

November 30, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Organizations representing the actuarial profession in Canada and the United States have launched the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI), a quarterly measure of changes in extreme weather events and sea levels. The ACI, available online at ActuariesClimateIndex.org, is an educational tool

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Government of Canada to develop clean fuel standard

November 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Canada announced on Friday that it will consult with provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples, industries and non-governmental organizations to develop a clean fuel standard. The standard would require reductions in the carbon footprints of the fuels supplied

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Government of Canada launches new public awareness campaign on flood risks

November 23, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, has announced a new public awareness campaign called Flood Ready, aimed at increasing Canadians’ knowledge of flood risks. Goodale announced the campaign on Monday in a video message to participants

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Ontario cap-and-trade won’t limit emissions through 2020: environment watchdog

November 22, 2016 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario’s environmental commissioner says the upcoming cap-and-trade program will not limit the province’s greenhouse gas emissions through to 2020. In a report released today, Dianne Saxe says that after Ontario’s system is linked with California and Quebec’s in

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Federal government should consider emergency back-stop mechanism for catastrophic earthquake: conference board

November 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Conference Board of Canada is echoing a recent recommendation by a former federal superintendent of financial institutions for Ottawa to consider adopting a last-resort, emergency back-stop mechanism for a catastrophic earthquake given the long-reaching, adverse effects that the event

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Liberals set plan to phase out coal by 2030, with flexibility for Nova Scotia

November 21, 2016 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is moving to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity in Canada by 2030 as part of its overall clean-energy strategy. The goal is to make sure 90 per cent of Canada’s electricity comes from