Sustainable finance

Proposals for Taxonomy KPIs welcome, but refinements needed to ensure disclosures are meaningful for users


Insurance Europe has published its response to a consultation by the European Commission (EC) on the draft delegated regulation on Article 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation on entity level disclosures. 

Insurers are supportive of the proposal and, in particular, appreciate that: 

  • The proposed timeline – ie application in 2022 with full reporting in 2023 – will help allow financial market participants (FMPs) time to implement the necessary IT, data, validation and management processes. 
  • The alignment with the investment disclosures for asset managers and insurers, as they improve the consistency and comparability of the KPI across FMPs. 
  • Sovereign exposures are excluded from the main indicator because they are not (yet) covered by the Taxonomy. The plan to include these in the Taxonomy by 2025 is welcome, as these assets are extremely relevant for insurers. 
  • Additional complementary disclosures will be used to provide more detail, including information on assets currently not covered by the Taxonomy and therefore not included in the main KPI. 
  • The KPI numerator for underwriting activities, based on premiums, can be assessed at product level, although do no significant harm principles (DNSH) will still require customer level assessment, which is why this is unavoidable. 

Further refinements are, however, required to ensure that disclosures are meaningful and efficient for users, and to achieve consistency with other ongoing work related to sustainable finance. 

With respect to the KPI for investment activities: 

  • The denominator of the main investment KPI should be based only on Taxonomy-eligible investments where the insurer controls the investment decision. This means the following investments should be excluded from the nominator and denominator of the main indicator: 
    • Investments where the policyholder makes the choice of where to invest. These should be reported separately as a secondary KPI. 
    • Exposures to undertakings not reporting under the Corporate Sustainable Reporting Directive. 
  • Derivatives, as they are not connected to an economic activity under the Taxonomy. 

While excluded from the main indicator, the exposure to all of the above should be provided separately as complementary disclosures. 

With respect to the KPI for underwriting activities: 

  • The denominator should only capture activities that are eligible under the Taxonomy. 
  • The wording “not environmentally sustainable” used in the template (A2) and the columns about the DNSH criteria should be deleted to achieve more efficient and meaningful disclosures.