BNM issues CCPT to prepare financial sector to be more climate resilient

by BERNAMA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

BANK Negara Malaysia (BNM) has recently issued the Climate Change and Principle-based Taxonomy (CCPT) guidance document as part of its commitment to prepare the financial sector to be more climate resilient and to enable an orderly transition to a greener economy.

In a statement yesterday, the central bank said the CCPT guidance document is to address the urgency to accelerate the transition, given the increasing likelihood and intensity of climate change impacts on financial stability.

“Financial sector plays a critical role in supporting the transition by channelling capital and funds towards activities that support climate and environmental objectives through their green financing, investment and advisory activities.

“The CCPT provides a framework that facilitates robust and consistent assessments of economic activities and their associated impacts on climate mitigation, adaptation and the transition to low carbon and/or more sustainable practices,” it said.

BNM said the assessment incorporated considerations of broader environmental outcomes, particularly on how business operations affect pollution, biodiversity and resource efficiency.

The central bank said in supporting an orderly transition, the CCPT recognised remediation measures and established a progressive system of transition categories, namely climate supporting, transitioning and watchlist to acknowledge concrete efforts and commitments by businesses to adopt sustainable practices.

The CCPT was first published in December 2019 as a discussion paper for public consultation.

During the consultation period, the central bank received feedback from various stakeholders, including financial institutions, asset management companies, rating agencies and non-governmental organisations.

BNM said it has since been working collaboratively with the Joint Committee on Climate Change Risk Management Sub-Committee to incorporate the feedback received and strengthen the taxonomy.

“The finalised document serves as a guidance for supervised institutions, and may also be referenced by other financial sector players and public sector stakeholders in designing and structuring of green finance solutions and services to promote decarbonisation efforts and development of green sectors,” it added.