Flying into the future: Australian Senate Inquiry into drones

Flying into the future: Australian Senate Inquiry into drones

Flying into the future: Australian Senate Inquiry into drones

The long-awaited Australian Senate Inquiry report into the current and future regulatory framework for remotely piloted aircraft (drones) in Australia was released on 31 July 2018. The report was highly anticipated. During the 18-month period of consultation with operators, regulators and businesses, the Senate Inquiry committee heard that Australia is at the forefront of drones. Australia’s aviation regulator, the Civil…

From property surveying to claims assessments: the innovative ways insurers are using drones

From property surveying to claims assessments: the innovative ways insurers are using drones

From property surveying to claims assessments: the innovative ways insurers are using drones

Discussion of the use of drones has predominantly focused on insuring them and the regulations (or lack thereof) relating to their operation. An area of drone use that is starting to be discussed more is their use by insurers to further understand the risks they write and to respond to claims. Pre-loss The use of drones pre-loss could assist insurers…

Emerging market risks rise

Emerging market risks rise

Emerging market risks rise

Recent months have seen increased volatility in emerging markets as foreign investors pull back from heavily indebted countries like Turkey, Argentina and South Africa. While a full-blown debt crisis looks unlikely, political risk in emerging markets is expected to heighten, driving increased demand for specialist trade credit insurance. With rising interest rates in the US, emerging markets have been finding…

Climate risk disclosure – a globally coordinated approach by regulators?

Climate risk disclosure – a globally coordinated approach by regulators?

Climate risk disclosure – a globally coordinated approach by regulators?

With the world’s leading climate change scientists warning that the world has only 12 years to limit a climate change “catastrophe”, in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published on 8 October, the focus on climate change has never been higher and regulatory scrutiny of how businesses assess and disclose their climate change risk exposures is set to increase…

Belt and Road: how risk managers can use global programmes in a transforming region

Belt and Road: how risk managers can use global programmes in a transforming region

Belt and Road: how risk managers can use global programmes in a transforming region

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious infrastructure development strategy announced by the Chinese Government. The initiative will cover more than 70 countries and is expected to cost about $1trn. Chinese companies are believed to have secured construction contracts worth more than $340bn and the Chinese Government has invested more than $210bn so far. The sheer size of…

Emerging risks: does electromagnetic hypersensitivity present a current or future claims risk?

Emerging risks: does electromagnetic hypersensitivity present a current or future claims risk?

Emerging risks: does electromagnetic hypersensitivity present a current or future claims risk?

As technology has increased, there has been an inevitable proliferation in the number of electromagnetic and radiofrequency field sources that people are exposed to on a daily basis.  These include Wi-Fi, power lines, mobile phones and masts, IT equipment and other electronic devices. There are increasing numbers of people who report experiencing unpleasant symptoms due to exposure to these electromagnetic…

Insurers urged to innovate to compete with Chinese competition

Insurers urged to innovate to compete with Chinese competition

Insurers urged to innovate to compete with Chinese competition

Marine insurers have been urged to innovate if they want to successfully compete with Chinese entities, as China steps up its involvement in Africa. The Belt and Road Initiative should be seen as an opportunity not a threat, suggested Dieter Berg, president of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), speaking at its annual conference in Cape Town. He said…

Glyphosate: Science on trial

Glyphosate: Science on trial

Glyphosate: Science on trial

The world’s most popular weed killer, Glyphosate, is being placed under the microscope by scientists, regulators and plaintiff lawyers. Despite four decades of widespread commercial and domestic use on the assumption it was safe, there has been recent increased worldwide concern about myriad potential health effects from exposure to the substance. A test case in California has hit the headlines…