Anyone celebrating the recent abolition of the British Department of Energy and Climate Change needs to keep a few bottles of champagne on ice. Mark Carney, the powerful green enthusiast who runs the Bank of England, Britain’s version of the Federal Reserve, has just described climate as a “$7 trillion opportunity”.
According to the Financial Post;
Climate change initiatives a $7-trillion funding opportunity for capital markets: Carney
TORONTO The trillions needed to fund global carbon reduction commitments in the coming years is a big opportunity for investors, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Friday in a speech to Toronto’s financial community.
Carney, formerly the Bank of Canada governor, spoke at the Toronto Region Board of Trade with Catherine McKenna, the minister of environment and climate change. He said that given the enormous funding needs for clean infrastructure — he estimated at somewhere between $5 trillion and $7 trillion a year — investment opportunities will abound.
So how will companies be “encouraged” to participate in this “opportunity”?
Bank of England’s Mark Carney Seeks More Disclosure of Companies’ Climate-Related Risks
Central bank governor says there is risk to investors from catastrophic climate events that may affect insurers and reinsurers.
TORONTO—Only one-third of the world’s biggest 1,000 companies are providing enough disclosure to investors about the potential impact of carbon pricing on their businesses, Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney told a business audience in Toronto on Friday.
Policies aimed at meeting the goals of December’s international accord on greenhouse-gas emissions will lead to changes such as carbon pricing, and there is a risk that financial markets will adjust abruptly, said Mr. Carney, chairman of the Financial Stability Board, which has been asked by the Group of 20 industrialized nations to look at the issues around risk to the financial system from climate change and climate-change policy.
“The thing that keeps central bankers up at night is the sort of sudden change in risk,” Mr. Carney said to underscore the importance of disclosure in guarding against shocks to the financial system.
Mr. Carney, also responsible for regulating the U.K.’s banks and insurers, said that in addition to the lack of disclosure, there is a risk to investors from catastrophic climate events that may affect insurers and reinsurers.
Diverting $5 – $7 trillion per year to address largely imaginary climate risks probably won’t improve the lives of ordinary consumers. But I daresay Mark Carney and his banker mates would stand to make a lot of money, out of a vast surge in climate “compliance” activity which would be associated with the new regulations. Naturally I am not suggesting that green enthusiast Mark Carney is motivated by anything other than a desire to do the right thing, from his point of view.