Some fossil fuel companies are failing in their legal duty to address climate risk in their reporting, a group of non-profit organisations working in the financial and regulatory sphere said today.

Key Findings

ClientEarth, The Carbon Tracker Initiative, CDP and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) are calling on the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to ensure companies in the oil, gas and coal sectors are complying with the rules in their reporting.

In a letter to the FRC, the NGOs make clear that the climate risks facing fossil fuel companies are considerable and material.

The direction of travel of legislation and policy and the growth in the increasingly competitive low carbon sector need to be factored into current investment decisions, as they are likely to impact cash flow and economic returns on existing projects.

Legislation requires UK incorporated businesses to produce a strategic report, which for fossil fuel companies should contain information on how they are dealing with climate risk.