The first TCFD report
In 2017, the first TCFD report has been released. This covered the basic recommendations for implementation. Now, in June 2019, their second status report has been published. It focussed on the status quo and the implementation amongst companies.
TCFD, the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure, published a first report with the framework for the inclusion of climate related risks and opportunities into the general business strategies of companies in 2017 as part of the Climate Action 100+ program. The Climate Action 100+ is an initiative driven by more than 360 investors with USD $34 trillion in assets under management which want to make sure that the big companies responsible for a lot of emissions approach climate change seriously. Though, as the topic is rather complex, not a lot of companies commited straight away to enforce this approach on themselves.
The second TCFD status report
The second TCFD status report analyses the disclosure practices between 2016 and 2018. At time of publication of the report, more than 785 companies adopted the framework of which 374 were active in financial and 297 in non-financial activities worth a combined $9.3 billion. Of those, the recommended disclosure per company increased from 2.8 in 2016 to 3.6 in 2018. In a survey which was conducted parallelly, 198 companies were asked about their current status. 91% of the answering companies were identified as preparers of disclosure whilst 67% notified to complete implementation within three years.
From 2016 to 2018, a lot of external changes happened at linked initiatives which directly strengthened the necessity of TCFD. First of all in 2018, CDP revisited their questionnaire and clearly set focus on the evaluation of risks and opportunities as well as their management. Therefore, a self-analysis of the core TCFD criteria is already done when the CDP-assessment is filled out. Furthermore, the Science Based Target Initiative corrected their approach from a former maximum of 2°C of total warming to a well-below-2°C-scenario – or even the 1,5°C scenario. Of course, a more strict regulation requires a better management to fully comply. Therefore, one can say that TCFD as a scenario analysis might be the missing link between the setting of targets on one hand and the reporting of past performance figures as in CDP.
Figure 1: Level of Impact and Risk Associated with Temperatures Increases. (Source: TCFD 2019)
The key messages of the second TCFD status report
In their new TCFD status report, the most important messages are:
- Investors still rate the undertaken effort as insufficient.
- There is still no clear, visible link between future risks and monetary quantification.
- Three of five companies responding to the TCFD survey identified climate related risks as material and assess them via scenario analysis, though decided not to disclose the resilience of their strategy publicly.
- TCFD links the two former silos of economic figures on one hand and sustainability matters on the other. This new approach can help to get new insights into the own company and to identify connections.
It is still not too late to implement TCFD in your company. DFGE provides help with the implementation of the TCFD-framework and scenario analysis in general. If you are interested in support or want to have further information, feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 08192-99733-20.
 TCFD (2019): TCFD: 2019 Status Report. https://www.fsb-tcfd.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-TCFD-Status-Report-FINAL-053119.pdf (retrieved 20.08.2019)