Lens And Clocks: Financial Stability And Systemic Risk

Performance Framework: Resilience

Resilience relates to the susceptibility of the system to disruptions due to the impacts of unsustainable development. This covers both the direct impact of environmental stress as well as impacts of transitional effects. This is inherently future-oriented and requires analysis over extended time periods, and consideration of the trade-offs between short-to-medium term resilience achieved by continuing to externalize external factors, and the longer-term risks of environmental and associated social upheavals.  

Inquiry Publications

  • Financial Reform, Institutional Investors and Sustainable Development

    Date: 14-Sep-2015

    To date interventions to promote the environmental and social dimension of investment have focused principally on disclosure of policies and formal statements of legal duties. They have largely taken fundamental features of the design and operation of the financial system as given. This paper makes the case for a more systemic and dynamic approach. It argues

  • Financial Risk and the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

    Date: 06-Jul-2015

    Climate change  creates two types of potential risks for financial institutions: Physical changes – both through gradual change and extreme weather events which are likely to alter the supply and demand dynamic of many industries and lead to physical damages to assets. The transition to a low carbon economy will alter the financial viability of a part of

  • Making the Jump

    Date: 29-Feb-2016

    This paper outlines the dynamics behind the financial regulatory paradigm shift that began in 2008-2009. It seeks to identify parallels with and differences from the slower moving, even more consequential, global climate change crisis, and the fitful, still under way, policy paradigm shift that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other stakeholders are trying

  • Financial Dynamics of the Environment

    Date: 15-Jul-2014

    This Working Paper was an early mapping study for the Inquiry and  is based on a literature review (of available literature mainly from OECD countries). It summarises the arguments for why the environment and environment-related risks are relevant to the financial system and reviews the main structural barriers preventing the financial system from managing such issues. Key findings include

  • China Report: The Risks and Opportunities of Stranded Assets

    Date: 06-Oct-2015

    The rise and fall of different technologies, products and businesses are central to rising productivity in healthy, well-functioning markets. This process can result in “stranded assets”—assets that have suffered from unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluations or conversion to liabilities. Stranded assets are therefore a regular and necessary feature of dynamic economic systems, a phenomenon inherent

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