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    APRA Proposes Guidance on Managing Financial Risks of Climate Change

    April 22, 2021

    APRA launched a consultation on the Prudential Practice Guide for the management of climate change financial risks (CPG 229) for banks, insurers, and superannuation trustees. The guidance covers views of APRA on sound practices in areas such as governance, risk management, scenario analysis, and disclosure. CPG 229 is aligned with the recommendations from the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and was developed in consultation with both domestic and international peer regulators. The comment period for this consultation will end on July 31, 2021 and the final guide is expected to be released before the end of 2021.

    APRA has developed this practice guide in response to requests from industry for greater clarity of regulatory expectations and examples of better industry practices. The proposed guide aims to assist an APRA-regulated institution in complying with the CPS 220 and SPS 220 on Risk Management as well as CPS 510 and SPS 510 on Governance. Subject to meeting the requirements of the prudential standards, an APRA-regulated institution has the flexibility to configure its approach to climate risk management in a manner best suited to achieving its business objectives. APRA expects the implementation of the guidance proposed in CPG 229 to reflect an entity’s size, business mix, and complexity, noting that concentrations in a particular market, sector, or geographic location may expose an entity to more material climate risks. In CPG 229, APRA proposes practices in the following areas in the management of climate change financial risks:

    • Identify and measure risks, including those in high exposure sectors, to understand potential impact on business model
    • Monitor risks through regularly updated qualitative and quantitative metrics
    • Evidence plans to manage risks through mitigation plans, including through engaging customers and counterparties
    • Report relevant information to board and senior management and consider external market disclosures
    • Consider scenario analysis to inform understanding of long-term risks and opportunities

    Scenario analysis is an area where APRA sees a wide range of capabilities and practices. APRA is undertaking a climate vulnerability assessment involving largest banks in Australia; the assessment will involve climate scenario analysis in line with the expectations outlined in the draft guide. Overall, the draft guide does not create new requirements or obligations and is designed to assist entities to consider climate risks and opportunities in their existing risk management frameworks and to support well-informed decision-making. 

     

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    Comment Due Date: July 31, 2021

    Keywords: Asia Pacific, Australia, Banking, Climate Change Risk, ESG, Governance, Disclosures, Scenario Analysis, CPG 229, Climate Vulnerability Assessments, TCFD, Stress Testing, Reporting, APRA

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