Five misconceptions about climate-related risks

Rapport door KPMG

Climate change is a hot topic. Not only for citizens, but also for the corporate world. The Paris Agreement, and growing public and regulatory pressure, brought the matter to the top of the corporate agenda. Companies understand that managing the risks and opportunities arising from climate change now is crucial to becoming future-proof. However, this is not yet a majority.

Over the past years, we have heard a number of arguments to not act on climate-related risks, which essentially are misconceptions. In this document we will clarify the five most common and important ones, to help you understand the risks.

The five misconceptions that are discussed are:

1. ‘Our company will not be hit by climaterelated risks, neither in a 2°C scenario nor in a 4°C scenario’
2. ‘Our company already has a sustainability plan and net-zero target, we cover the climate-related risks with this’
3. ‘Our risk management department looks at all risks, including climate-related risks’
4. ‘Climate change is such a long term and complex matter, we’ll see it when we get there’
5. ‘Taking actions on climate change only cost money"

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