Ken Silverstein | Forbes | December 7, 2018
Just as 200 nations are meeting in Poland to discuss their climate initiatives, Europe’s insurance sector is unleashing its own plan: it is increasing the pace of its investments in green energy while divesting of some businesses that are carbon intensive. Will American insurers make similar moves?
Julia Kollewe | The Guardian | December 3, 2018
UK and US insurers are lagging far behind European firms when it comes to divesting from coal-heavy businesses and refusing to insure them, campaigners have warned.
At least 19 major insurers holding more than $6tn in assets – a fifth of the industry’s global assets – have now divested from coal, according to a report from the Unfriend Coal campaign, which represents a coalition of a dozen environmental groups including Greenpeace, 350.org and the Sierra Club.
Michael Finney | KGO | December 03, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In the 1980s and 1990s corporations were accused of enabling apartheid by investing in and doing business with South Africa. The divestiture movement took hold and played a major role in ending the racial separation policy. Now a new divestiture movement is being built. This one concentrates on global weather change.
The Global Climate Action Summit which took place in San Francisco a couple months back made international headlines. But there was one panel that you probably never heard a word about, Insure Our Future.
Report shows European insurers leading on restricting coal industry’s access to underwriting while U.S. insurers undermine action to tackle climate change
U.S. insurance companies are lagging behind their international peers on climate action, reveals Insuring Coal No More, the second annual scorecard on the industry from the Unfriend Coal campaign. U.S. insurers are enabling the construction of new coal-fired power plants, which is undermining international efforts to avoid dangerous climate change, the report warns.
SAN FRANCISCO - As the country’s top insurance regulators and industry representatives gathered at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting on November 15, leading environmental and consumer groups gathered to call attention to the most important item not on their agenda: their part in climate change.
Couldn’t make it to the Insure Our Future panel at the Global Climate Action Summit? Watch the full panel here.
New campaign Insure Our Future to hold US insurers accountable for role in climate change as first US insurance company to commit not to invest in fossil fuels
SAN FRANCISCO - On the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), a new campaign, Insure Our Future, is calling out the U.S. insurance industry as a major contributor to climate change and urging them to ditch fossil fuels. Insure Our Future is the first campaign focusing on the U.S. insurance industry’s significant role in perpetuating climate chaos.
The campaign launches as Lemonade, an insurance company powered by AI, becomes the first U.S. insurer to commit to never invest in fossil fuels, urging other insurers to follow suit.
By Peter Bosshard | Thomson Reuters Foundation
After warning about the escalating risks of climate change for decades, many big insurers are now moving away from coal.
As professional risk managers, insurance companies quietly shape modern society, deciding what type of projects can be financed, built and operated. After warning about the escalating risks of climate change for decades, many big insurers are now moving away from coal. Only the US insurance industry is missing in action.
Sunrise Project | July 24, 2018
SF becomes first US city to push insurance industry to stop insuring coal and tar sands.
By Bill McKibben | May 9, 2017 | La Nacion
RIPTON, VERMONT – Last month, the United Kingdom enjoyed its first full day without the need for coal power since the Industrial Revolution began. That's remarkable news – and a sign of the future to come as the country that began humanity's centuries-long romance with burning black rocks is now moving on.
An insurance scorecard on coal and climate change