Innovate UK’s £5M competition funds climate change financial risk

18 Jan 2022 | Network Updates | Update from Innovate UK
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Climate change is not just bad for the planet, it is bad for the global economy too.

With this in mind, Innovate UK has opened a £5 million Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to demonstrate and deploy innovative solutions that integrate climate and environmental factors into financial services.

The climate and environmental risk analytics for resilient finance (CERAF) builds on an existing programme run with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Investors need to be aware of the chief risks of climate change-caused environmental degradation. This competition will fund projects that bring climate and environmental risk analytics into the everyday practices of financial services.

These risks include:

  • physical risks to supply chains and property as posed by increasingly common natural disasters
  • litigation risk where businesses are liable for their contribution to damages to nature
  • transition risk whereby socioeconomic or political shifts toward net zero undermine non-aligned investments.

The competition will fund companies to develop cutting-edge solutions for greening finance and to trial these solutions with partners in the finance industry.

This article was first published on 17 January by UKRI/Innovate UK.

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