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Central Banks’ Approach to Climate Change and Financial Stability: A Critical Analysis

Title: Climate Change Considerations Impact Central Banks’ Approach to Financial Stability

In a recent article by climate economists David Barmes and Simon Dikau, it is highlighted that central banks’ focus on climate change through the lens of financial stability risk is hindering proactive measures to address the threat it poses to prices. The authors argue that central banks should integrate sustainability within their price stability mandates to effectively tackle climate-related inflationary pressures.

The authors emphasize that a purely financial risk-based approach is flawed as it overlooks the inherent uncertainties and unhedgeable risks associated with climate change. They suggest a shift towards prioritizing price stability over financial stability in addressing climate risks, as seen in Europe with the ECB’s green agenda.

The article presents a typology of effects that could arise from various transition scenarios, including inflationary pressures from physical climate change impacts and the green transition, as well as disinflationary pressures from physical impacts and the green transition. The authors stress the need for central banks to incorporate climate factors into inflation forecasting and develop models that account for uncertainty and price volatility.

Furthermore, the authors propose measures such as dual interest rates, targeted green lending, and climate-informed collateral policies to protect green investments from higher interest rates. They caution against rate hikes in response to supply-side shocks associated with the green transition, as it could exacerbate fossil fuel dependency and debt distress.

The authors also highlight the importance of the US Federal Reserve’s cooperation in addressing climate risks, as its influence on global interest rates can impact central banks worldwide. Without the Fed adapting its approach to incorporate climate risks, major reforms to the international monetary and financial system may be necessary to achieve sustainable central banking and promote global price and climate stability.

While the discussion of such reforms is beyond the scope of the article, the analysis suggests that changes may be needed to reduce the Fed’s global price setting influence. As central banks grapple with the complexities of climate change and financial stability, the need for a coordinated and climate-informed approach becomes increasingly urgent.

This news story was last updated on June 25, 2024.


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