Progress Report on Bridging the Data Gaps

Robust climate-related data are crucial in order for financial sector stakeholders to assess financial stability risks, properly price and manage climate-related risks and take advantage of opportunities arising from the transition to a low-carbon economy.


Comprehensive, reliable and comparable climate-related data enables financial institutions and investors to gauge the financial implications of climate change and develop resilience to climate-related risks.


Yet climate-related data gaps pose challenges for central banks, supervisors and the financial sector alike. Accordingly, the NGFS leverages an evidence-based approach to systematically map such data gaps while proposing ways to bridge them. A comprehensive stock-take of the data needs, objectives and activities of stakeholders across the financial sector and at the international level by the Financial Stability Board and the G20 are set out.


A mix of policy interventions is needed to catalyze progress towards better data, based on the following three building blocks:


  • Global Disclosure Standards: rapid convergence towards a common and consistent set of global disclosure standards;
  • Global Taxonomy: efforts towards a minimally accepted global taxonomy; and
  • Transparent Metrics and Certification Labels: the development and transparent use of well-defined and decision-useful metrics, certification labels and methodological standards. Metrics such as Policy Sensitivity Indicators which measure the volume of exposures to sectors sensitive to climate policy are an example


A final report will be published at the end of the year.

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