On 30 April 2020, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a stocktake report on its members’ existing regulatory and supervisory initiatives on climate-related financial risks.

The stocktake report notes that:

  • the majority of Basel Committee members consider it appropriate to address climate-related financial risks within their existing regulatory and supervisory framework;
  • an overwhelmingly large share of members have conducted research related to the measurement of climate-related financial risks, while a number of members identified operational challenges in assessing climate-related financial risks such as data availability, methodological challenges, and difficulties in mapping of transmission channels. A majority of the members have raised risk awareness with banks through different channels, and many banks are disclosing information related to climate-related financial risks to some extent; and
  • approximately two-fifths of members have issued, or are in the process of issuing, more principles-based guidance regarding climate-related financial risks. However, the majority of members have not factored, or have not yet considered factoring, the mitigation of such risks into the prudential capital framework.