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    DNB Finalizes Good Practices on Integration of Climate Risks for Banks

    April 01, 2020

    DNB published good practices and questions and answers (Q&A) for integrating climate-related risks into the governance, risk management, and reporting of banks. In the Q&A, DNB offers an interpretation of how the existing legislation, including the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD) IV, applies to climate-related risk management. DNB also published a feedback statement on the responses received during the consultation process for the good practices and Q&A. The good practice and Q&A are in line with European developments in this area. ECB, too, will consult the sector on climate-related risks and expects to present its supervisory expectations for this later in the year. In addition, EBA has been mandated to investigate how environmental, social, and governance, also known as ESG, risks can be included as part of the Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process or SREP.

    The document contains some of the good practices observed by DNB and demonstrates how climate change can be a driver of conventional risk types such as credit, market, and operational risk. It then sets out the applicable legislation and regulations, before finally presenting the good practices that are in line with sound governance, risk management and disclosure of climate-related risks. Banks should incorporate climate-related risks into their governance and risk management arrangements in line with the principle of proportionality. The good practices revolve around the following three thematic areas that represent the core elements of how banks operate: 

    • Governance. As good practices, DNB includes an organization-wide strategic approach toward climate-related risks, along with the integration of climate-related considerations in policy framework.
    • Risk Management. Banks’ existing risk management frameworks are an appropriate starting point to assess financial risks arising from climate change. The good practices are structured around four inherent functions of the risk management framework of a bank—namely, risk identification, risk assessment, risk mitigation, and risk monitoring. For risk identification, the included good practices involve development of a climate-related risk heat map to identify potential risk concentrations and the use of climate scenario analyses to inform strategic decision-making. For risk assessment, the use of stress-testing to assess the materiality of climate-related risks and the methodology to assess the relation between carbon footprint and climate-related risks has been suggested. For risk mitigation, the DNB good practices include implementation of concrete climate-related risk mitigation measures and mitigation of physical risk affecting own operations of a bank. Finally, the good practices outlined for risk management are the integration of climate-related risk indicators in risk appetite statement and the integration of climate-related risk assessment in due diligence process.
    • Disclosures. One good practice in this area would be disclosure of carbon footprint of lending and investment portfolio in annual report. Keeping in mind the existing data gaps in climate risk assessment, another outlined area of good practice is active client engagement to bridge existing data gaps. As an example, the good practices document points out that, to increase data availability, a bank has implemented a policy to promote active engagement with its clients to bridge any existing climate-related information gaps and, thus, increase its ability to identify and manage any climate-related risk concentrations to which it is exposed.

     

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    Keywords: Europe, Netherlands, Banking, Climate Change Risk, Good Practices, Q&A, Governance, Disclosure, ESG, CRD IV, SREP, DNB

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