Strategic Focus: Improving Climate Resilience With Digital Solutions

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Executive Summary

Increasingly costly extreme weather events, and the mandating of disclosures aligned with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in the UK and EU – and developing in the US – are driving the need for firms to invest in digital solutions for climate risk management. This report breaks down the key climate risk management challenges facing customers and identifies the digital solutions in which firms can invest to address these. Executives, risk managers and heads of sustainability can use this report to assess the climate risk management digital solutions that align with their requirements and which can add value to their operations.

Table of contents

Extreme Weather Events And TCFD Reporting Make Climate Change Risk Management A Priority 
Pressure Is Building On Firms To Tackle Near-Term Climate Risks
Five Categories Of Climate Resilience Innovations That Respond To Customer Challenges
Investment In Digital Solutions For Climate Resilience Will Be Driven By Climate Strategy Ambition

Table of figures

Figure 1. Billion Dollar Disaster Events In The US 2010-2022 (CPI-Adjusted)  
Figure 2. Corporate Digital Strategies For Climate Change And Sustainability For The Next Two Years  
Figure 3. Examples Of Investments And Acquisitions Of Climate Resilience Solutions  

About the authors

Alice Saunders

Industry Analyst

Alice is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix Net Zero & Climate Risk Practice. Prior to joining Verdantix she completed a Master's degree in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford, earning a distinction. Her thesis project focused on species redistribution due to climate change and woodland ecosystems. Alice also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Warwick.

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability

Kim leads the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice, addressing business challenges and priorities in ESG and sustainability through technology and services. Her current research agenda focuses on ESG regulatory and market drivers, sustainability reporting, risk management, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact.  Knickle has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, providing research and analysis to help companies invest wisely in new technologies. Before joining the analyst industry, she held various roles in IT services, engineering, and product safety testing, beginning her career at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.  Knickle holds a MBA from Boston University and a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell.

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