The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), a body set-up by the G20 to monitor and make recommendations about the global financial system. Following a review into how the financial sector can take account of climate-related issues and the need for better information to support informed investment, in December 2015 the TCFD was created.
Following a consultation, in 2017 the TCFD issued initial recommendations for reporting to help stakeholders in financial markets understand their climate risks and opportunities. This covers the areas of Governance, Strategy, Risk and Metrics & Targets and Avon Pension Fund has now adopted this guidance and set out its own disclosures in this report.
Although not yet compulsory for Local Government pension funds, the Fund is a strong supporter of these disclosures. This critical framework not only helps us to deliver on our own climate change objectives but is also a way of signalling to investee companies, managers, partners and pension fund members how important climate risk transparency is if the Fund is to achieve real world emission reductions.
This is the first time the Fund has reported against these standards and reporting has been completed to the fullest extent we are able. While data is not always available in the quantity or quality desired, through lack of scope 3 emission information or due to the difficulty of reporting against certain asset classes, this should become more readily available over time. It is hoped that the level of detail and number of areas covered can increase with each future reporting period as the industry makes positive steps forward and as more disclosures become mandatory.
The full TCFD report for 2021 can be read here: Avon Pension Fund TCFD Report November 2021