How companies can leverage the EU Taxonomy to address climate adaptation
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How companies can leverage the EU Taxonomy to address climate adaptation

Enabling improved environmental performance through financing

The EU Taxonomy is a tool designed to help investors, companies, insurers, and banks evaluate and disclose how environmentally friendly investments are. Companies, in particular, can use the Taxonomy to prove an investment is sustainable, which may qualify it for “green financing.”

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The EU Taxonomy, published by the EU Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance, at the request of the EU Commission, sets out a methodology which companies can use to prove investments to be sustainable. Specifically, where companies wish to qualify for “green loans” the TEG recommends that they “…work through a deliberate resilience-building process to assess their climate physical risks and subsequently…
…disclose the results and details (e.g., coverage) of the assessment, and the actions taken in response.”
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The motivation behind the EU Taxonomy

Currently, there are many different disclosure forms that companies must complete to apply for sustainable investment assistance. And each form has its own criteria and definitions of “sustainable,” which can be both time-consuming and confusing. The aim of the EU Taxonomy is to create a unified standard. 

Of particular relevance in this article are any investments required to adapt buildings and infrastructure to cope with increased physical climate risks. Because companies need to identify all criteria that align these investments with the Taxonomy and, as such, define them as “green.”

The good news for organisations wishing to address this challenge is that Risk Management Partners (RMP) offer a Location Risk Intelligence (LRI) Platform that covers most of the risks included in the Taxonomy. This makes it possible for companies to assess physical risks related to EU Taxonomy disclosures on demand.

Physical risks included in the EU Taxonomy

The table below summarises climate-related physical risks included in the EU Taxonomy, which highlights the fact that a key EU climate and environmental objective is to facilitate climate change adaptation.
Temperature-related Wind-related Water-related Solid mass-related
Chronic Changing temperature (air, freshwater, marine water)¹ Changing wind patterns Changing precipitation and types (rain, hail, snow/ice)¹ Coastal erosion
Heat stress¹ Precipitation² and/or hydrological variability Soil degradation
Temperature variability Ocean acidification Soil erosion
Permafrost thawing¹ Saline Intrusion
Sea level rise¹
Water stress
Acute Heat wave Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon¹ Drought² Avalanche
Cold wave/Frost Storm (including blizzards, dust and sandstorms) Heavy precipitation and types (rain, hail¹, snow/ice) Landslide
Wildfire² Tornado (tropical cyclone)³ Flood (coastal, fluvial², pluvial, groundwater) Subsidence
RMP’s Location Risk Intelligence Platform offers risk insights into a significant proportion of the physical risks companies might wish to address in their EU Taxonomy disclosures. Hazards can be evaluated across different time horizons and scenarios, and this is indicated in the above chart as follows:
1Risk predictions for present day, 2050 and 2100 available
2Risk predictions for above mentioned periods available – dependent on specific qualities
3Present day assessments available – the hazards most associated with financial impact are tropical cyclones and river flooding (aka „Fluvial flood“) and heat stress. 
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Advantages of putting the LRI Platform to work for your business

In addition to helping your organisation qualify for green financial assistance, the LRI platform can identify the most relevant perils your company faces and save it significant amounts over the long term. Because the platform enables it to ensure specific insurances are in place to cover the most likely hazards, as well as to invest in adaptation measures to protect against the ever-increasing risk of natural catastrophe. Further, it will ensure you avoid investing in the mitigation of perils your organisation is unlikely to be affected by.

The report on the EU Taxonomy includes a use case which highlights the utility of RMP’s risk assessment solution in securing “green financing”. It illustrates the points made above by discussing how to evaluate and adapt to increased physical risks on company buildings. The full case is in the white paper available via the link below.

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