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Macrofinancial Relevance of Cascading Climate Risks: Insights for Investors and Financial Supervisors


3 November 2021

10:30 - 11:30 CET


This event will take place during COP26, as part of Chatham House’s Climate Risk and Security Pavilion.

Worsening climate change and a disorderly transition to a low-carbon economy introduce new sources of risk for countries’ sustainable development. In order to strengthen fiscal and financial risk management, it is crucial to understand through which channels climate risks can cascades onto agents and sectors of the economy and finance, and the drivers of potential shock amplification.

The direct, indirect, and cascading climate impacts that could unfold are influenced by country-specific exposures and structural characteristics, and can compound with other sources of stress. However, financial industry players and policy makers still lack a coherent framework and tools to assess the macro-financial criticality of cascading climate risks to their business, and to adapt risk management.

In this session, our expert panel will discuss the following:

  • What are the drivers and potential implications of cascading climate risks for macroeconomic and financial stability?
  • Through which channels can climate risks cascade on financial actors’ balance sheets and financial stability? Do we have the right tools to assess them?
  • Could cascading risks be integrated into financial risk management of financial actors and supervisors, and what implications would this have on financial regulation?



Irene Monasterolo, Assistant Professor, Climate Economics and Finance, WU Wien

Sanja Madzarevic Sujster, Senior Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, The World Bank

Romain Svartzman, Economist, Banque de France

Professor Stefano Battiston, IPCC Lead Author; Associate Professor in Sustainable Finance and Networks, University of Zurich

Marie Briere, Head of Investor Research Center, Amundi, Senior Affiliate Researcher, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Siân Bradley, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Programme, Chatham House

Partners: the CASCADES project (funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 821010), Vienna University of Economics and Business, and the Chatham House Waddesdon Club (funded by the KR Foundation and IKEA Foundation)

Topics: Finance