The Association of British Insurers’, in partnership with Boston Consulting Group, sets out an ambitious climate change roadmap including some key areas where ABI believe their sector can have a unique impact and where the ABI is committed to working collaboratively to help its customers and the stakeholders they work with across the economy adapt.
The area stated include the following:
Encouraging sustainable decisions at key moments after insurance claims, it states ‘with the right incentives and options, ABI members can help identify opportunities to increase the uptake of sustainable choices. One of the options mentioned is’ switching to an electric vehicle after having their car ‘written off’ (rather than a like-for-like settlement)’.
Encouraging the development of markets for repair and replace, the roadmap states, ‘Every day, insurers process £46m in motor and property insurance claims – meaning insurers are responsible for a huge volume of property maintenance, motor repairs and replacing products across the whole of the UK.
More needs to be done to encourage re-use, repair and recycling across these insurance claims.
There are some parts of the insurance market that already encourage repair and
replace – for example, the ABI Salvage Code is designed to ensure that when a vehicle is ‘written off’, there is clear criteria that allow vehicles and parts to be repaired and then safely returned to the road – with only vehicles that are classified as structurally unsafe removed entirely from the road. However, there is much more that we can do. In taking forward this Roadmap, the ABI will explore with members how we can encourage more sustainable choices. Issues we will explore include:
- Encouraging customers to accept repaired or recycled items as part of their settlement, rather than automatically offering brand-new items after a claim
- Working co-operatively across the sector after a major weather event to reclaim as many damaged items as possible and arrange for these to be transferred to organisations that can re-use or repair them
- Partnering with the independent healthcare sector to develop safe alternatives to single-use plastic and other unsustainable items in hospitals and healthcare
- Encouraging the development of a sustainable secondary market for electric vehicles (as early adopters increasingly look to upgrade their current vehicles) and establishing consistent practice for re-using and recycling charging equipment.
ABI members will work in partnership with manufacturers and suppliers to achieve this – by utilising the key decision touchpoints that follow from an insurance claim, customers who would benefit from being given these choices can be identified and sustainable markets can develop.
To support this, the Government will need to build on the ‘Right To Repair’ law announced in March 2021 and encourage investment in the networks and skills required to repair items that are currently treated as waste and ensure policy drives a robust secondary market (rather than just focussing on markets for ‘brand new’ goods).
Huw Evans, ABI Director General, said:
“We all know the environmental crisis is the greatest threat facing our planet and all sectors need to challenge themselves like never before. We accept that our sector’s emission are amongst the most of any industry in the economy but, conversely, this means we are uniquely placed to drive the transition including through huge investment potential in the green economy and our reach to millions of customers.
Trade associations like the ABI have a critical role to play in enabling leading firms to work together to tackle this unprecedented challenge. I’m proud of the tireless effort from the ABI and its members to develop this Roadmap which will help all insurance and long-term savings companies understand what they need to do to help us meet Net Zero targets.
Today’s Roadmap will ensure we take decisive steps so that our sector is big part of the solution not the problem.
“Critical to our sector playing its full part are reforms to our prudential regulation regime and public policy. If we truly want the weight of insurers’ balance sheets to get behind the race to Net Zero, it will require meaningful change, not staying anchored to an overly-restrictive regime designed in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis.”
The Roadmap is available here.
Find out more at www.abi.org.uk