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Singapore: Harnessing Data and Tech for Climate Risk Management

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The growing urgency of climate change has prompted financial authorities worldwide to integrate climate risk analysis into their financial stability frameworks. Addressing this need, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have developed a comprehensive blueprint for a climate risk platform, detailed in a recent report. Project Viridis explores the integration of regulatory and climate data to offer critical insights into climate-related financial risks.

Adapted from the Bank for International Settlements website

Integrating climate risk analysis into financial stability surveillance poses significant challenges due to the complex and multifaceted nature of climate change. Key obstacles include notable data gaps and a limited understanding of how to accurately measure climate-related risks. Financial institutions often struggle to incorporate climate risk into their regulatory frameworks due to these issues.

Project Viridis aims to overcome these challenges by creating a blueprint for a climate risk platform that financial authorities can use to identify, monitor, and manage climate risks. Developed at the BIS Innovation Hub Centre in Singapore, the platform leverages advanced technology and collaborative efforts from global financial authorities.

The climate risk platform outlined in the Project Viridis report incorporates several critical features and metrics essential for comprehensive climate risk analysis. These include:

Financed Emissions Data: Data on emissions financed by financial institutions, providing insights into the carbon footprint of investments.

Physical Risk Exposure: Analysis of physical risks associated with climate change, such as extreme weather events and their impact on assets.

Forward-Looking Assessments: Scenario analysis tools that evaluate potential future climate conditions and their financial implications.

These features enable financial authorities to develop a nuanced understanding of climate risks and incorporate them into their regulatory assessments.

The platform’s technology architecture, developed by the BIS Innovation Hub Singapore Centre and MAS, represents a significant advancement in climate risk management. Central to this architecture is the Ellipse Data and Knowledge Platform (EDKP), which enables the integration of structured and unstructured data from various sources.

EDKP’s capability to combine different data types is particularly crucial. By using natural language processing (NLP) techniques, the platform can extract climate-related data from corporate disclosure documents, providing a more comprehensive view of climate risks. This integration allows authorities to form initial assessments of financial institutions’ risk exposures and identify areas requiring deeper evaluation.

The development of the climate risk platform under Project Viridis is a testament to the power of global collaboration. The platform’s architecture has been enhanced with input from over 15 central banks and financial regulators worldwide, reflecting a collective effort to address a common need.

This collaborative approach not only enriches the platform’s capabilities but also ensures its relevance across different regulatory environments. As financial authorities continue to refine their climate risk assessment tools, the platform will evolve to incorporate new data sources and analytical techniques.

The urgency of addressing climate change and its impact on the global financial system cannot be overstated. According to Maha El Dimachki, Head of the BIS Innovation Hub Singapore Centre, the intensifying impact of climate change on the global financial landscape makes the need for adaptive and forward-thinking strategies more urgent than ever. Project Viridis equips financial authorities with the insights needed to integrate emerging climate risks into their analysis, promoting global financial stability.

Celine Sia, Assistant Managing Director (Economics & Knowledge Management) at MAS, acknowledged that the project addresses a common need of global financial authorities and looked forward to further collaboration to expand such toolkits.

Project Viridis represents a significant step forward in the integration of climate risk analysis into financial stability frameworks. By leveraging advanced technology and fostering global collaboration, the project provides financial authorities with the tools needed to manage climate-related risks effectively.

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