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Insurers Seek Solvency II Change To Boost Green Investment

Law360, London (March 11, 2019, 1:12 PM GMT) -- British insurers urged regulators on Monday to overhaul European Union rules governing how much capital they must hold to protect themselves from risk, as they seek to unlock billions of pounds in green investments.

The European Union's tough Solvency II Directive could be preventing pension funds and life insurers from investing in long-term, sustainable projects that could help lessen the impact of climate change, the Association of British Insurers said.

The regime requires insurers and pension funds to assess the value of their assets over a one-year period in advance. This means insurers could be discouraged from investing in longer-term green projects...

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