ECB stress testing broader economy over climate risk: de Guindos

The head quarter of the European central bank (ECB,R) is photographed during sunset in Frankfurt, Germany, April 22, 2020, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

The European Central Bank is stress testing the broader economy to assess the economic risk of climate change three decades into the future, the bank’s vice president said on Thursday.

While full results of the test, which includes four million companies worldwide and almost all euro zone banks, will be published in mid-2021, early results show there is a clear benefit to early action, Luis de Guindos said.

“The biggest polluting firms, together with those in regions that are the most vulnerable to physical risk, could be exposed to up to four times as much climate risk as the average firm over the next 30 years,” de Guindos said in a blog post.

“In the absence of further climate policies, the costs to companies arising from extreme weather events rise substantially, and greatly increase their probability of default.”

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