October 24, 2022 – Agenda

Day One – 12 Noon EDT

Opening: Ned Lamont, Governor, Connecticut

  • Jigar Shah – Director, Loan Programs Office (LPO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
  • Andrew McCabe - Director of the Risk Management Division for the DOE’s LPO.
Fireside Chat: How the DOE’s LPO Considers Climate Risk.
Jigar and Andrew will discuss how LPO’s projects address climate risk, how the LPO assesses climate risk, and the role of the insurance industry in managing climate risk and synergies with the LPO.
  • Panel: The Legislation Front
    New congressional and legislative mandates are crucial in mitigating the impact of climate change. This panel focuses on the efforts to address coverage for California wildfires and rebuilding post-disaster, Florida’s market dynamics, and what policy makers are doing to address regional climate risk and redevelopment challenges.
    Moderator: Matt Lesser, State Senator, Connecticut
  • Panel: Resiliency in Action-Financing
    A recent report by the Climate Policy Initiative highlights annual global climate finance capital flows at $632 billion for 2019 and 2020, with 90% going towards the mitigation of greenhouse gases and about 10% towards climate resilience. With an estimated annual climate finance capital flow need of $4.35 trillion to meet our global climate objectives by 2030, and as 2022 clearly marks the year of the climate crisis around the world, this panel will explore how public, private, and philanthropic leaders are identifying mechanisms for innovative climate finance strategies for resilience in the United States. From new resources from the federal government and private sector investment, to the role of nonprofits and philanthropy in providing technical assistance, come and learn about new approaches to addressing climate finance and resilience.
    Moderator: Bryan Garcia, Connecticut Green Bank
  • Panel: Resiliency in Action-Implementation
    The panel will discuss efforts underway to establish broader public-private partnerships that enhance community resilience and address challenges associated with climate, risk and sustainability. In addition, perspective will be provided on evolving technology and the role risk-transfer can play to creating more resilient households and communities while improving equity in recovery from disasters.
    Moderator: Carolyn Kousky, Environmental Defense Fund
October 25, 2022 – Agenda

Day Two – 12 Noon EDT

Opening: Andrew Mais, Commissioner, Connecticut

  • Panel: Building a Program
    Resiliency success for the future depends on our efforts today. The way we build our communities has a significant impact on the world around us. This panel establishes why building codes, and thoughtful community planning, impactful investment of state and federal dollars are integral to climate resiliency and details how to develop, build and grow mitigation programs to support families, businesses, and communities.
    Moderator: Glenn Pomeroy, CA Earthquake Authority, California
  • Panel: The Innovation Front
    The importance of innovation to strengthen resiliency and minimize the impact from catastrophes, whether it’s our utility infrastructure or protecting our communities, cannot be understated. Building community-focused investment grade products will help to make insurance more accessible and more affordable.
    Moderator: Denis Burke, Reinsurance Association of America
  • Panel:What’s Next on the Climate Front
    The urgent need to address climate threats requires a global outlook and collaboration. This panel seeks to uncover what is on the horizon for our planet and what is being done now. Hear from climate policy experts on what action is being taken and will be needed to reduce risk while protecting business and infrastructure.
    Moderator: Jeff Czajkowski, Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR), NAIC
  • Panel:Climate Risk and Reporting – Industry Conversation
    Climate risk and resilience has been front and center in policymaking and regulatory spheres. In the past year alone, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides hundreds of billions of dollars toward helping to facilitate the U.S. climate transition, the NAIC recently released revised climate disclosure guidance, and the SEC released its proposal on Climate Related Disclosures for investors. Learn how insurers are addressing climate risk, and how one rating agency assesses risk and disclosure. Panel members will discuss regulator expectations and requirements, and industry representatives will share how they meet those expectations.
    Moderator: Kathleen Birrane, Commissioner, Maryland


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