Washington, D.C. – BPI today released the following statement by SVP and Associate General Counsel Lauren Anderson in response to a Center for American Progress and Sierra Club report on climate risk and the U.S. financial sector:
Today’s report by the Center for American Progress and Sierra Club notes the important role that the financial sector will play in supporting a U.S. energy transition; however, the recommendations would be a very blunt tool that would only serve to limit legitimate transition financing and push financing out of regulated banks and into the unregulated sector. The nation’s largest banks are actively involved in efforts to improve climate-risk management through enhanced disclosure and the development of tools such as scenario analysis. More draconian measures such as adjusting risk weights, imposing a GSIB climate surcharge or tightening credit limits are premature at this point in time given the nascent stage of climate-risk analysis and extensive data and methodological gaps that persist.
For more of BPI’s work on climate, see the links below:
- Does CRISK Really Measure Banks’ Exposure to Climate Risk?
- BPI Statement on FSOC Climate Report
- Credit Losses from Declining Industries: Lessons for Climate-risk Modeling
- The FSB’s Climate Roadmap—Are We on the Road to a New International Standard?
- BPI Statement on HFSC Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee Hearing on Climate Risk
- Green Lending: Is Regulatory Exuberance Irrational (and a Little Dangerous)?
- SEC Should Build off its Traditional Disclosure Principles When It Comes to Climate
- Climate Risk and Bank Capital Requirements
- Regulators Ask Banks To Assess Climate-Related Risks From Largest Counterparties, but Data Gaps Persist
- BPI Welcomes Dialogue on Climate-Related Risks as Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing
- Get the Transition to Green Financing Right
- Climate Risk Test Asks Banks to Look Too Far Down the Road
- Challenges in Stress Testing and Climate Change
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