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Life DERRIS - DisastEr Risk Reduction InSurance

We are committed to addressing the consequences of climate change on a daily basis, facilitating the transition towards a low carbon emission economy through the development of guarantees and investment products to promote mitigation and adaptation.

​​​​We have implemented innovative measures to guarantee the solidity of the Group, both in terms of investments and the environmental impact of its own business activities.  

We also participate, as part of the Paris Pledge for Action, in the “National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance” at a national level. This initiative, coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea (MATTM) in partnership with UNEP, aims to explore national policies, actions and criteria to mobilise the financial system and align the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

Climate Change

We use our skills to protect and safeguard the country against climate change.

In particular, the Unipol Group is project leader of DERRIS (Disaster Risk Reduction Insurance), which has the main aim of promoting the resilience of Italian SMEs in the face of climate change and catastrophic events related to the same, by sharing knowledge and creating instruments for the assessment and management of risks and catastrophic events.

The project envisages a test pilot phase in the city of Turin, and from 2017 will be extended to another 10 Italian cities wanting to work together with the project partners to increase the resilience of local businesses through a multi-stakeholder partnership. 

Life DERRIS - DisastEr Risk Reduction InSurance
 
Derris, a project co-funded by the European Life tender, involves the leadership of the Unipol Group alongside partners including the City of Turin, Cineas, ANCI, Coordinamento Agende 21 and UnipolSai.
Derris is the first European project that unites public administration, companies and the insurance industry to reduce the risks caused by extraordinary climatic events.

The aim is to provide SMEs the instruments needed to assess and reduce their own risks, with a set of specific actions and objectives:

  • transfer of knowledge from insurance to public administration and SMEs on tools to reduce the risks related to climate change and to manage emergencies;
  • a self-assessment tool for measuring risk and adopting prevention and emergency management measures;
  • innovative types of public-private partnerships between insurance, public administration and companies, to increase the territorial protection and resilience;
  • innovative financial instruments that allow the movement of capital dedicated to risk reduction.

The pilot trial will come to life in the city of Turin; in a second phase the experiment will be extended to another 10 cities wanting to participate. On 21 April 2016, the City of Turin launched the tender “Torino che protegge”, which has the objective of selecting the 30 SMEs for the pilot group.

The companies selected will have the following benefits:
  • ​identification of the main meteorological and climatic risks they are exposed to; 
  • definition of possible actions to reduce such exposure;
  • a training process intended to transfer skills to prevention and risk management staff, with particular focus on meteorological and climate risks;
  • definition of specific procedures for emergency management and for restoring business activities (recovery plan), minimising the risks arising from business interruption.

“The project numbers”
  • 1 tool for the self-assessment of risks arising from climate change
  • 1 financial instrument to channel funds and support climate change adaptation measures  
  • 1 public-private partnership model for climate change risk management and financing adaptation
  • 30 “resilient” companies involved in the initial trial in the district of Turin
  • 60 accompanying inspections at the companies to assess climate risk 
  • 288 hours of training for CEOs, adaptation managers, company technicians and public administration representatives​​​​​​
  • 30 Corporate Adaptation Plans
  • 1 Integrated Plan of District Adaptation
  • 10 cities to replicate the trial 
  • 183,000 companies, users of risk assessment tools (equal to 20% UNIPOL clients)
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