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France winemakers subscribe to weather insurance for the second year following extreme temperatures in Western Europe

Following freezing cold temperatures and frost across Western Europe during 2017’s critical spring growing period, Lloyds Coverholder Meteo Protect confirms a dramatic increase in France’s winemakers subscribing to parametric weather insurance in its second year offering. May 31st saw a conclusion to its spring frost risk coverage, which saw a 15 fold increase in viticulturists subscribing, and the same increase in the number of brokers in France adding the coverage to their portfolio. Continue Reading

Weather Risk Insurance Provider Meteo Protect Approved as Lloyd’s Coverholder

Meteo Protect, the European leader in weather risk management, has been named a Coverholder at Lloyd’s, the specialist insurance market.  In this capacity, Meteo Protect holds the authority to underwrite and issue policies on behalf of Lloyd’s syndicates. Meteo Protect’s Coverholder status connects it with Lloyd’s worldwide specialist insurance and reinsurance market; Lloyd’s covers more than 200 territories globally.

“We are extremely proud of this expression of trust from Lloyd’s. Meteo Protect’s Coverholder relationship with Lloyd’s offers a wealth of new opportunities to provide weather index-based insurance to the market” said Gabriel Gross, CEO of Meteo Protect. “As the market has developed with a significant growth in weather sensitive businesses seeking customized hedging solutions, so has Meteo Protect evolved to have strong international distribution partnerships with leading risk takers, financial institutions and agricultural cooperatives and associations, now including the specialist classes of business underwritten at Lloyd’s.”

“The Lloyd’s market is always innovating and bringing insurance solutions to meet the needs of businesses and organisations across the world. We are delighted for Meteo Protect to deliver innovative climate change mitigation solutions to Lloyd’s syndicates”, says Guy-Antoine de La Rochefoucauld, Director for Lloyd’s France. “The Lloyd’s Coverholder structure allows innovation-driven providers like Meteo Protect to bring new ideas and expertise to businesses with the strong financial backing for which Lloyd’s is recognised.”

“The Lloyd’s Coverholder structure allows innovation-driven providers like Meteo Protect to bring new ideas and expertise to businesses with the strong financial backing for which Lloyd’s is recognised.”

Guy-Antoine de La Rochefoucauld, Director for Lloyd’s France

Meteo Protect is an underwriting and brokerage firm specializing in structuring, pricing, delivering and managing weather parametric insurance for weather-sensitive businesses with a focus on the agriculture and agri-food and the energy sector.  Meteo Protect’s proprietary white label underwriting and pricing platform, Vivaldi, allows insurance companies to provide full automated and customized weather risk financial solutions to their clients. It leverages the SAP HANA® platform to provide completely customized insurance for any weather-related risk.

With business across three continents, Meteo Protect currently works with several major global and local insurers, cooperatives and associations in the agriculture world to provide protection on weather risks to their clients or members, and with eight of the fifteen largest energy companies worldwide in helping them to reduce or even eliminate their exposure to volumetric and price risks.

The Paris climate agreement is ratified – What does this mean for businesses?

CEO in jail

On the heels of the entry into force of the historic Paris agreement on climate change, a legal opinion declares that directors who don’t properly consider the material impacts of climate change on their business risk personal liability for breach of duty. With this, business leaders are inexorably confronted with the need to consider climate change and sustainability risks for their companies, and to price, mitigate, and manage them accordingly. Is your business ready to bring climate change and sustainability to the board?

This past month the world celebrated the ratification of the historic Paris climate change agreement, years sooner than expected, particularly given that is the single largest piece of climate change legislation ever enacted. The agreement, signed by 196 attending parties, achieves a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. It was the outcome of the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Paris from 30 November to 12 December 2015.

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