Climate Day

Event Type
Web Session
European Actuarial Academy

Start time: 8.00 am

End time: 4.00 pm


Announcement from the European Actuarial Academy organiser: The debate on climate change has rapidly evolved in recent years. It is no longer on whether the evidence of human impact on climate change is real, but on whether key mitigating strategies being adopted are sufficient. While actuaries are already developing models to quantify the impact of climate change on insurance businesses, it is becoming increasingly evident that the actuarial community’s understanding of climate risk is not yet as developed as its expertise on traditional insurance risks such as mortality risk.

We begin by showing how to apply well-known laws of physics and chemistry to build a practical climate model. In order to make this an interactive exercise rather than a dry science lecture, we are going to run a few model sensitivities in live mode and gauge the audience’s input as to what might happen in the model.

Then, we zoom into the insurance industry by examining various relevant national and European regulations – in particular, we discuss how insurers can take climate risks into consideration in their ORSA. Participants will be encouraged to share their views and  approaches to this challenge.

That said, we should not see the climate change through compliance glasses. In fact, global warming also presents important opportunities. In particular, we are going to talk about investment opportunities it presents and take bonds, equities and alternative investments into consideration.

We conclude by looking into equity release mortgages. These complex long-term loans are impacted by a large number of market and insurance risks, ranging from property to mortality risk. Hence, they constitute a good example for the challenge of climate change manifesting itself through a large number of risks.

Technical requirements: Please check with your IT department if your firewall and computer settings support web session participation (the programme Zoom is used for the web session).

While the actuarial community works on developing new ways to measure the economic impact of the risk posed by global warming, it is exceedingly important for Actuaries to gain an understanding of the underlying science of climate change. Having discussed the basics of climate science in a dedicated web session in Q4 2020, we are now going to move from climate science to climate models and then focus onto insurance-specific requirements and applications.

To begin with, we show how laws of physics and chemistry can help us build practical climate models dealing with glaciers, rising water level etc. Models discussed in this intro lecture not being actuarial, we already recognize a few links to the world of insurance.

Next, we zoom into the insurance context by embarking on a journey through various relevant national and European regulatory requirements. In particular, we examine how insurance companies can take global warming into consideration in their ORSA.

Having discussed several requirements insurers need to comply with, we move on by considering climate change as a unique investment opportunity. After an overview of Net Zero financing needs and key transition drivers, we look into green finance and investment examples covering equity, bonds and alternative asset classes.

Finally, we discuss equity release mortgages, which are very long-term loans popular in several markets such as the UK, and examine how global warming could impact them over decades of their lifespan through numerous market and insurance risks.

Your early-bird registration fee is € 300.00 plus 19% VAT for bookings by 31 March 2021. After this date, the fee will be € 400.00 plus 19% VAT. Click here to make a reservation 

  • Climate science and models: Glaciers, rising water level and more
  • Enter the regulators: Requirements and expectations across Europe
  • The Net Zero Transition – How to take advantage of history’s biggest investment opportunity
  • Equity Release Mortgages and what global warming could do to them over a few decades
Abdal Chaudhry, Sinéad Clarke, Eamon Comerford, Neil Dissanayake, Michael Leitschkis and Amy Nicholson
Biographical details

Abdal Chaudhry
Abdal is a Consultant at Milliman with over 10 years of experience working in the life insurance industry in the United Kingdom. Abdal specializes in Solvency II reporting, risk calibrations, proxy modelling and capital management and has delivered a number of projects in these areas for large UK based life insurance companies. Prior to his role at Milliman, Abdal has worked on the applications of Machine Learning techniques for the optimization of the Solvency II Internal Model SCR calculations.

Sinéad Clarke
Sinéad is a Principal with Milliman with almost 15 years of experience working in the life insurance industry in Ireland. Sinéad’s experience includes a wide range of actuarial work for both domestic and cross-border insurance companies in Ireland, with a focus on Solvency II (Pillar I, II and III), risk management, financial projections and capital management. She has recently been involved in helping a number of new insurance start-ups set up in Ireland. Sinéad is a frequent speaker at various Milliman and Society of Actuaries in Ireland events and has published various papers and briefing notes on Solvency II, Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) and most recently climate-related risks. 

Eamon Comerford
Eamon is a Senior Consultant with Milliman with over 10 years of experience working in the life insurance industry in Ireland. His expertise includes valuation and financial reporting, Solvency II, IFRS 17, risk management, and other consulting work.  Eamon leads the Dublin office of Milliman’s research initiatives as chair of the Dublin R&D committee. He has presented a number of times at Society of Actuaries in Ireland (SAI), Milliman and various European industry events. He is also the author of various publications, most recently on the topic of Reinsurance as a Capital Management Tool. Eamon chairs the Sustainability and Climate Change Steering Group of the SAI, which acts as a focal point for the SAI’s activities in this area.

Neil Dissanayake
Neil is a Principal with Milliman, Director of European Trading for the global Financial Risk Management group, and has been with Milliman since 2006. He leads a trading team split across London and Amsterdam, supporting clients with European exposures that utilise Milliman’s global hedging platform. Our platform manages portfolios of derivative hedge assets on behalf of insurance companies and investment funds, to hedge equity, bond, currency and interest rate risks. In particular, Neil specialises in hedging and risk management for unit-linked insurance guarantees on multi-asset portfolios. He has authored a number of publications and spoken at various events on the topic of financial risk management, for both insurers and DC pension funds. Most recently on ESG and low-carbon exposures, and implications for financial risk management.

Michael Leitschkis
Michael is a Principal with Milliman with over 15 years of experience working in the life insurance industry, notably in Germany and the United Kingdom. Michael specializes in risk modelling, e.g. in the context of Solvency II Internal Models, and actuarial systems transformation. Michael has published a number of papers on several Solvency II aspects and is a frequent speaker at various EAA seminars and web sessions. In particular, he has been teaching risk modelling as part of the EAA’s CERA working party since 2011.

Amy Nicholson
Amy is a Consultant with Milliman with almost 10 years of experience working in the insurance industry in the UK. Amy’s experience includes a range of actuarial work covering cross-border insurance transactions, rationalisation and restructuring programmes, risk management, recovery and resolution planning and other consultancy work. Amy has authored a number of publications on the topic of climate risk, including ESG considerations for the life insurance industry, climate change and the Prudent Person Principle, and various summaries of regulatory and industry climate change guidance.