Andy Briggs, Group CEO of Phoenix Group and former Chair of the ABI, is to chair a new Board climate change committee for the Association of British Insurers to help co-ordinate and drive collective focus on climate change and sustainability.
The insurance and long-term savings industry has a significant role to play in tackling climate change whether through investment of long-term assets in green infrastructure, helping society to be more resilient to the impact of climate change or supporting the ambition for the UK to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As COP26 approaches, the ABI has established the Board committee to drive the industry’s strategy and progress and provide oversight at the most senior level across our members.
The committee will be formed by ten members of the ABI’s Board and will meet for the first time in April. The group will be focussing on delivering an ambitious sector-wide approach to reaching Net Zero, identifying how the industry’s investments and underwriting can enable the ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ and identifying how insurance and long-term savings customers can be supported to make more sustainable choices.
Andy Briggs, Group CEO Phoenix Group and Chair, ABI Climate Change Board Committee, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role as Chair of this vital new committee at the ABI. The impact of climate change is one of the biggest global issues of today and in the run up to COP-26, it is essential that as an insurance industry, investing trillions on behalf of our customers, we work together with Government and wider stakeholders to drive positive change.”
Huw Evans, Director General, ABI, said: “We’re delighted that Andy has agreed to chair the Board’s new climate change committee. There has never been a more crucial time for the insurance and long-term savings industry to act on our collective potential to do more to invest in transitioning the economy to Net Zero and managing the effects of climate change. The new Board committee confirms our commitment to this challenge.”
Notes to Editors:
Sarah Aspinall 020 7216 7412 Mobile: 07725 245297
Malcolm Tarling 020 7216 7410 Mobile: 07776 147667
Laura Dawson 020 7216 7338 Mobile: 07725 245838
Emily Cole 020 7216 7337 Mobile: 07860 189072
The Association of British Insurers is the voice of the UK’s world leading insurance and long-term savings industry. A productive, inclusive and thriving sector, we are an industry that provides peace of mind to households and businesses across the UK and powers the growth of local and regional economies by enabling trade, risk taking, investment and innovation.
Skype and FaceTime are available for broadcast
More news and information from the ABI is available on our web site, www.abi.org.uk