RMS to Provide Data for ‘Specialist Climate Change Research’

October 14, 2008

Risk Management Solutions announced that it is “partnering in an innovative program launched by HSBC to provide fund managers globally with direct access to specialist climate change research.

“As the present and future implications of climate change become increasingly critical to investment portfolio management – and the need for robust risk assessment falls into sharp focus – fund managers will, for the first time, be able to draw on in-depth research to underpin their investment decisions,” the bulletin noted.
“The current turmoil in the financial markets acutely illustrates the importance of having sound risk management processes in place, and the potentially dire pitfalls of inadequate due diligence,” commented Jason Futers, vice president at RMS. “Climate change is not just a future threat – it is already having an impact today, and fund managers have a duty to their investors to understand how it can affect their portfolio risk.”

RMS said it would “provide access to its products and services through the Climate Change Research Facilitation Program, including real-time information on global catastrophes and their estimated insured and uninsured impacts. This intelligence can be used to help steer investment decisions on sectors likely to be positively or negatively impacted by an event, and to understand and hedge against severe potential losses.

“Climate risk analyses will also be made available to help fund managers quantify their direct and indirect exposure to catastrophic risk, and develop strategies to effectively manage and transfer the risk. Hot spots of future risk to properties, operations and supply chains can also be identified through a climate change risk screen.

“Other major research providers partnering in the program are: Ernst & Young – Renewable Energy and Environmental Infrastructure Advisory; New Energy Finance; and the U.K. Met Office.”

Dr. Celine Herweijer, director of the RMS climate change practice, noted: “We’ve seen a surge in the demand for weather and catastrophe risk modeling analytics to help address climate change impacts. Prudent businesses are beginning to ask how and where climate change will materially impact their operations, value chain, investments and wider commercial environment. They realize that climate change is not only altering their risk landscape, but necessitating a longer-term outlook, and that understanding this future risk is the first step to reducing it.”

Source: Risk Management Solutions – www.rms.com

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