U.S. bank regulators must take action on climate change.

Now is the time for U.S. bank regulators to require robust climate change measurements and disclosures from all large and regional banks. The safety and soundness of these banks is critical to the U.S. financial system.

Physical and transition risks of climate change are directly linked to credit, market, liquidity, ... [+] and operational risks at banks.Financial Stability Board
As climate change progresses, the risks to banks and other financial institutions increase. Physical risks from extreme weather and other impacts of climate change are directly linked to credit, market, liquidity, and operational risks. The Financial Stability Board is monitoring these risks closely and is working to ensure that the financial system is resilient to them.

I believe that banks will need clear rules or guidance on how to incorporate climate change risks into their risk management frameworks, including quarterly and annual portfolio and enterprise-wide stress tests. Yet, banks do not have to wait for rules or guidance to be formalized. The vast majority of banks in the United States have been required for almost years to comply with Basel III capital, liquidity, and leverage requirements introduced as rules by our bank regulators here. Under Basel III’s Pillar I, there is a requirement and guidance for banks to measure their operational risks. Operational risk is a threat to a bank’s earnings due to problems with people, process, technology, and external events. External events is precisely where measuring the impact of climate change fits in. Banks can include extreme weather and natural disaster events in their analysis of operational risk. Informing future climate change supervisory exercises and requirements is an important role that the data from the Federal Reserve's pilot program next year can play. However, there is no reason to wait until 2024 and beyond to take action on this issue. Banks should begin measuring and managing climate change risks now.

Climate risk drivers of key risks to banksFinancial Stability Board
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that banks are exposed to a range of climate risks. These risks include physical risks from extreme weather events, as well as transition risks associated with the move to a low-carbon economy.

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Federal Reserve Bank examiners should begin to consider how climate change may impact the portfolios and stress tests of the banks they oversee. Without specific guidance on how to evaluate climate change risks, examiners can still ask banks to provide examples of losses they have incurred due to natural disasters or extreme weather events. This will help to provide a better understanding of how banks are considering climate change in their risk management practices.

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The Financial Stability Board’s Climate-Change Road Map is an important step in identifying the data gaps that need to be addressed in order to effectively manage the risks of climate change. The Road Map provides a clear and concise overview of the key data gaps and sets out a clear path forward for addressing them. This is an important step in ensuring that the financial sector is prepared for the challenges of climate change.

Rodríguez Valladares testified before Congress on the risks that climate change poses to the financial system. He noted that climate change is a "systemic risk" that could have severe implications for the economy. He urged policymakers to take action to mitigate the risks of climate change.

As the world increasingly grapple with the effects of climate change, experts are urging financial institutions to do more to mitigate the risks associated with the phenomenon. One of those experts is Rodríguez Valladares, who testified before the Senate Banking Committee this week on the need for the financial system to adapt to the reality of climate change. Rodríguez Valladares warned that climate change poses a number of risks to the financial system, including physical risks to assets and infrastructure, and transition risks associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy.

There is growing evidence that climate change poses significant risks to the global economy, and financial institutions are increasingly being called upon to address these risks in their risk management frameworks and disclosures. All U.S. bank regulators should therefore require banks to incorporate climate change risks into their risk management frameworks and disclosures. This would help ensure that banks are adequately prepared for the potential impacts of climate change and would provide greater transparency for investors and the public.

As climate change becomes an increasingly pressing global issue, its potential to cause financial losses for banks is becoming more and more apparent. Climate change can cause physical risks such as extreme weather events, which can damage bank infrastructure and disrupt business operations. In addition, the transition to a low-carbon economy can also pose financial risks for banks, as investments in fossil fuels become less profitable. It is therefore essential for banks to consider both physical and transition risks when assessing their exposure to climate change. By doing so, they can help to mitigate the potential financial losses that could be incurred as a result of this increasingly pressing global issue.

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As the world continues to grapple with the effects of climate change, it is increasingly important that financial institutions take steps to mitigate risks associated with the phenomenon. That is why it is encouraging to see that the Federal Reserve is urging bank supervisors to prioritize climate change risks in their examinations. By doing so, the Fed can help ensure that banks are taking steps to protect themselves – and the economy as a whole – from the potentially devastating effects of climate change. This is a welcome move from the Fed, and one that other financial regulators should emulate.

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Operational risk is often ignored in favor of other risks, but this can be a mistake. Operational risk can include things like data breaches, IT failures, and process errors. While these risks may not be as flashy as other risks, they can have a major impact on a company. It's important to remember that operational risk is just as important as other risks and should be given the attention it deserves.