The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was created in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to develop consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies, banks, and investors in providing information to stakeholders. Increasing the amount of reliable information on financial institutions’ exposure to climate-related risks and opportunities will strengthen the stability of the financial system, contribute to greater understanding of climate risks and facilitate financing the transition to a more stable and sustainable economy.

Following the publication of the final recommendations by FSB’s TCFD in June 2017, UNEP FI began a series of ‘TCFD Pilot Projects’ for banks, investors, and insurers. Participants in these pilots explored physical and transition risks (and litigation risks for insurers) and also pioneered practical approaches for evaluating these risks using climate scenario analyses. Almost 100 financial institutions (banks, investors, and insurers) from all around the world have participated in these pilots. These institutions have been supported by nearly a dozen technical partners from climate modelers to climate risk experts.

These experiences have allowed UNEP FI to take a leadership role in developing good practices regarding climate risk in the financial sector. The pilot programs have created numerous tools, frameworks, and guides to empower both participating institutions and those throughout the financial industry to better manage and disclose their climate risks.

Further detail about the content and outputs of each project can be found in the menu on the right-hand side.


UNEP FI’s vision is to use the convening power of the UN to bring together financial institutions, regulators, climate researchers, and sector experts to address critical climate risk questions for the financial sector. With our diverse membership and our view that the climate crisis is a global crisis, we intend to work with institutions from across the world. Our prior pilot programs have demonstrated our ability to balance comparability and alignment with a recognition of the unique challenges faced within different regions. We are uniquely positioned to be a global coordinating platform that will empower institutions to better manage their climate risks and play a positive role in the low-carbon transition.

By systematically engaging global stakeholders, our new TCFD programs will help financial institutions add depth, granularity, and nuance to their climate risk assessments, consolidate best practices in climate risk management, and help standardize climate disclosures across the industry.

The First region-wide study on how Latin America & Caribbean banks are incorporating Climate Change into their risk management was released in August 2020.

To join or learn more, please contact Remco Fischer or David Carlin (contact information below).

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24 September 2020

Transition Check: New Online Tool to Assess Transition Risk

UNEP FI and Oliver Wyman launch ‘Transition Check’, a web-tool that takes a scenario-based approach for assessing transition risk. As businesses consider the impacts of climate change on their long-term sustainability, it has remained difficult to measure such risks – until now. Introducing Transition Check, a web-tool that takes a scenario-based approach for assessing transition…

10 May 2019

Changing Course: UNEP FI and twenty institutional investors launch new guidance to implement TCFD Recommendations

Twenty institutional investors from eleven countries convened by the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) today launched comprehensive investor guidance to help assess how climate change and climate action could impact investor portfolios around the world. These assessments enable investors to be more transparent about their climate-related risks and opportunities in line with the recommendations…

13 November 2018

UNEP FI working with 16 global insurers to better understand risk & implement TCFD recommendations

UN Environment’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced today a partnership with 16 of the world’s largest insurers—representing around 10% of world premium and USD 5 trillion in assets under management—to develop a new generation of risk assessment tools designed to enable the insurance industry to better understand the impacts of climate change on their business. This understanding is vital for an industry whose core business is to manage risk.

27 April 2018

UNEP FI グローバルの16 署名銀行がTCFDに関する銀行業界向けのガイドを公表

ジュネーブ(2018年4月24日)| 国連環境金融イニシアティブ(UNEP FI)の署名機関である16の大手銀行は、気候変動と気候に関する行動がビジネスにどのような影響を与えるかについて銀行の理解を深めるために、共同で開発した手法を発表しました。

この取り組みは、銀行がTCFDに沿って気候関連のリスクと機会へのエクスポージャーをより透明なものにするための基本的なものです。また、銀行が低炭素経済への移行に貢献し、かつ、その恩恵を享受するために自らの戦略に生かし、さらには、同じ目的のために顧客への働きかけを行い、支援することにもつながります。そもそも、銀行が直面する気候関連のリスクと機会とは、顧客に対するサービスから生じるものであるため、そうした顧客への働きかけや支援ということが非常に重要になります。

Extending our Horizons: Assessing Credit Risk and Opportunity in a Changing Climate

Outputs of a working group of 16 banks piloting the TCFD Recommendations Part I: Transition-related risks and opportunities This report is the result of a collaboration between sixteen of the world’s leading banks with UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and management consultancies Oliver Wyman and Mercer to pilot scenario-based assessments of transition-related risks and…

26 April 2018

16 UNEP FI member banks launch first guidance to help banking industry adopt TCFD Recommendations

  Geneva, 24 April, 2018 | Sixteen leading banks from four continents, convened by the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), today published a jointly developed methodology to increase banks’ understanding of how climate change and climate action could impact their business. This understanding is fundamental to enable banks to be more transparent about their exposure…

26 September 2017

BBVA is 14th Leading Bank to Join UNEP FI TCFD Pilot Project

26 September 2017 We are pleased to announce that UNEP FI member, BBVA Group, is the latest to join UNEP FI’s first-mover project to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) along with thirteen other leading banks. In collaboration with the pilot project group, they will jointly pioneer practical approaches…

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23 September 2020 | Online

Introducing Transition Check, a tool by UNEP FI and Oliver Wyman

Join Oliver Wyman and UNEP FI on 23 September at the launch of “Transition Check”, a web-tool to translate climate scenarios into financial metrics.  As businesses consider the impacts of climate change on their long-term sustainability, it has remained difficult to measure such risks – until now. Introducing Transition Check, a web-tool that takes a…

10 May 2019 | London, UK

Watch the launch of our new report for investors implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Financial institutions and journalists are invited to attend an event to hear the experiences of investors from a pilot project implementing the recommendations of the TCFD. Come and find out more about the tools that will help investors perform scenario analysis and calculate the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

Beyond the Horizon: New Tools and Frameworks for Transition Risk Assessments from UNEP FI’s TCFD Banking Programme

Beyond the Horizon: New Tools and Frameworks for Transition Risk Assessments from UNEP FI’s TCFD Banking Programme Thirty-nine global financial institutions from six continents participated in UNEP FI’s second TCFD banking programme. Through this yearlong engagement, the participating banks collaborated with climate risk experts and each other to improve financial assessments of transition risk. In…

Climate Risk Applications: Guidance and Practices

From Disclosure to Action: Applying TCFD principles throughout financial institutions Recent reports from the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) indicate how the financial sector has increasingly recognized climate risk as a financial risk. Financial institutions must respond to the threat of climate change by identifying, assessing,…

UNEP FI and IIF’s “TCFD Report Playbook”

UNEP FI and the Institute of International Finance (IIF) have developed a TCFD Playbook to serve as a resource for firms at different stages of their TCFD journey, with support from EY. The organisations conducted a joint initiative to assist banks and other financial institutions in their efforts to strengthen climate risk disclosures by convening…

Using hindsight and foresight: Update from the TCFD Pilot Project for Insurers

Using hindsight and foresight: Enhancing the insurance industry’s assessment of climate change futures Over the past eight months, 22 leading insurers and reinsurers from across the globe (“the pilot group”) have been collaborating under the auspices of UN Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) to explore and pilot methodologies that insurers can use towards implementing the recommendations of the Financial…

Charting a New Climate: TCFD Banking Programme Report

Charting a New Climate: State-of-the-art tools and data for banks to assess credit risks and opportunities from physical climate change impacts Charting a New Climate is a report on physical climate risks and opportunities from Phase II of its Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Banking Programme with climate risk advisory and analytics firm,…

Changing Course: Real Estate – TCFD pilot project report and investor guide to scenario-based climate risk assessment in Real Estate Portfolios

Twelve institutional investors from eight countries, convened by UNEP FI and supported by Carbon Delta, have worked throughout 2018–2019 to analyse, evaluate, and test, state-of-the- art methodologies to enable 1.5°C, 2°C, and 3°C scenario-based analysis of their direct property investment portfolios in line with the recommendations of the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures…

Navigating a New Climate: Assessing Credit Risk and Opportunity in a Changing Climate

Outputs of a working group of 16 banks piloting the TCFD Recommendations Part 2: Physical-related risks and opportunities This report is the result of a collaboration between sixteen of the world’s leading banks with UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and climate risk and adaptation advisory firm Acclimatise. The banks set out to develop and…

Extending our Horizons: Assessing Credit Risk and Opportunity in a Changing Climate

Outputs of a working group of 16 banks piloting the TCFD Recommendations Part I: Transition-related risks and opportunities This report is the result of a collaboration between sixteen of the world’s leading banks with UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and management consultancies Oliver Wyman and Mercer to pilot scenario-based assessments of transition-related risks and…