Reinsurance and Climate Change: Innovative Solutions

January 19, 2023
3-5 minutes


Climate change has become a major issue in the world today, and the insurance sector is no exception. In the face of this global challenge, the reinsurance industry is developing new products and services to help mitigate the risk of climate change. This blog post will explore several of the innovative solutions being developed, including parametric insurance, double triggers, and usage-based insurance.

Parametric Insurance

Parametric insurance is a type of insurance that pays out based on a predetermined parameter, such as temperature or rainfall. This type of insurance is useful for addressing climate change because it allows insurers to set up policies that pay out when specific weather conditions are met.

For example, if a policy is set up to pay out if the temperature exceeds a certain threshold, the insurer can be sure that the policy will pay out in the event of a heat wave. This type of insurance is particularly useful for businesses and individuals who need to protect themselves from the effects of climate change.

Double Triggers

Insurers are also developing products with ‘double triggers’ that help lower the cost of capital for green technology projects. In a double trigger, the limit, premium or retention is linked to an event outside of the insured hazard.

For example, an insurer could design a double trigger policy that pays out when a certain renewable energy project reaches a certain stage of completion. This type of policy can help reduce the risk associated with the project and make it more attractive to potential investors.

Usage-Based Insurance

Another innovative solution being developed by the reinsurance industry is usage-based insurance. This type of policy charges premiums based on how much the policyholder is using, rather than a flat rate. This can be particularly useful for green technology projects, as it allows insurers to reduce the cost of insurance for green technology by charging on a usage basis.

For example, an insurer could design a policy that charges a lower premium if the policyholder uses a certain amount of renewable energy. This type of policy can help encourage the adoption of green technology and reduce the risk associated with it.


Reinsurance companies are developing innovative solutions to help address the risk of climate change. From parametric insurance to double triggers and usage-based insurance, there are a number of ways that the industry is helping to mitigate the risks associated with climate change. By exploring these solutions and implementing them in the right circumstances, insurers can help reduce the risk of climate change and make the world a safer place.