Property/casualty insurers have a powerful interest in mitigating climate-related risk and promoting investment in resilience. The industry is uniquely qualified to help address these perils, but traditional risk-transfer mechanisms on their own are no longer sufficient. Collective responsibility and a multi-disciplinary approach are needed for predicting and preventing catastrophic losses.
That’s why Triple-I’s first-ever “Attacking the Risk Crisis” Town Hall is focused on climate-related perils. The one-day event – being held on November 30, 2023, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. – will feature three moderated discussions among private-sector innovators, government, academia, and other stakeholder groups whose engagement is necessary to drive resilience investment and behavioral change.
“Climate risk alone is a formidable adversary,” said Triple-I CEO Sean Kevelighan, noting that insured losses related to natural disasters have increased tenfold since the 1980s. “Resource constraints, legal system abuse, economic pressures, and political intricacies further complicate matters.”
Triple-I has long been a participant in the climate-risk conversation, and this Town Hall is part of its effort help turn these discussion into action. It recently played a key role in a project with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to develop a roadmap for stakeholders in flood-risk management to drive investment in mitigation and resilience.
Learn more about the NIBS project here.
In the same spirit as the NIBS project, Triple-I is holding this Town Hall to reach across the barriers that often separate sectors that would benefit from investing in resilience to different degrees and in different stages of the value-creation chain.
“Aligning incentives for these diverse co-beneficiaries of resilience investment is a key hurdle to be cleared,” Kevelighan said. “Triple-I’s subject-matter experts have been speaking and publishing on these topics for years. But our industry can’t do it alone.”
The first panel – Climate Risk Is Spiraling – What Can Be Done? – will be moderated by David Wessel, senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. This panel will discuss the current state of climate risk and share their insights as practitioners and thought leaders.
The second – Innovation, High- and Low-Tech: How Insurers Are Driving Solutions – will be moderated by Jennifer Kyung, vice president and chief underwriter for USAA, and focus on how the tools, techniques, and strategies insurers are bringing to bear on these complex and costly challenges.
And the third – From Outdated Regs to Legal System Abuse: It Will Take Villages to Fix This – will be moderated by Zach Warmbrodt, financial services editor at Politico, and panelists will delve into the legal and public policy considerations that need to be addressed to move the needle on climate resilience.
Solution-focused and organized with an eye toward driving positive action across stakeholder groups, this event is an opportunity to meet and interact with people who are doing the work and developing the strategies and tactics. Hear and share insights and – perhaps most important – get involved in the attack on the risk crisis.
You can register and check out the agenda and speaker profiles here.