Climate Measurement Standards Initiative


Reducing risks & costs of climate-related disclosures for insurers, asset owners and banks, consistent with the TCFD


Providing scientific advice on approaches, methods, assumptions, and data for estimating future costs that are disclosed


Developing a shared understanding of climate science, impacts on extreme events and data requirements

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How will the initiative fill this gap?

PHASE 1 (Complete)

The CMSI has developed open-source technical business and scientific standards for climate physical risk projections of future repair and replacement costs of residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure in Australia.

CMSI appointed a finance committee, a science committee and an application committee. More than 120 industry experts participated in the development of the first reports.

The finance committee has published a guide for Australian banks, general insurers and asset owners, titled ‘Scenario analysis of climate-related physical risk for buildings and infrastructure: Financial disclosure guidelines’.

The science committee has published the report ‘Scenario analysis of climate-related physical risk for buildings and infrastructure: Climate science guidance’ is available here.


The applications committee was formed to provide feedback on the practicality of the scientific and financial disclosure guidelines, and especially the completeness of the technical specifications for scenarios.

These voluntary standards are:

  • Comparable between insurers, banks and asset owners
  • Supported by scientific evidence and advice from Australia’s leading climate experts
  • Provide guidance for program developers, model vendors and service providers to provide advice to the industry, thereby removing the “black box” problem
  • Enable widespread adoption
  • Focus R&D on what is actually needed


Following the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) in 2021-22, the CMSI commissioned the University of NSW to undertake a review of the implications for the CMSI climate science guidance of the AR6 and the Coupled Model Intercomparison Experiment phase 6 (CMIP6) that informs much of it.

This review aimed to review note where the guidance is consistent with AR6 and where it is not. It requested that the review provide recommendations of any adjustments to the guidance resulting from the new climate science information in AR6.


The results of this review are available as an addendum to the Climate science guidance here.

The review found that overall, the existing CMSI climate science guidance is consistent with the findings of the IPCC AR6. The report recommended minor changes to the climate scenario information to provide greater detail on average sea level rise, average annual rainfall and time in drought.

How it works

As an industry-led collaboration between insurers, banks, scientists, regulators, reporting standard professionals, service providers and supporting parties, the Climate Measurement Standards Initiative (CMSI) builds confidence in the quality of climate-related risk disclosures. The project integrates the disciplines of climate science, hazard science, catastrophe modelling and financial modelling to provide forums, research and open-source resources (guidance, training, fact sheets, etc), that support a consistent Australian framework for financial sector climate risk analysis and disclosure aligned with international practice.

The consistency and transparency created by the CMSI will help companies and investors to better understand climate-related financial risks into the future. In developing a common approach we can help prepare, coordinate and invest in natural hazard resilience building, targeting those Australian communities most at risk.
Andrew White
Executive Manager of Sustainability Risk, Suncorp

Our team

Katie Vines
Director - Adaptation and Resilience Climate-KIC Australia
Chris Lee
CEO Climate-KIC Australia
Melinda Morris
Lead - Adaptation and Resilience Projects Climate-KIC Australia

How you can get involved

We work across government, industry and community to develop resources to understand climate risk and develop relevant climate scenarios. Feel free to reach out if you would like more information on how we could work together.

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Who we're working with

The CMSI is being coordinated by Climate-KIC Australia, and a group of industry partners, these include: QBE, Suncorp, IAG, RACQ, NAB, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, HSBC, Leadenhall CP, MinterEllison, Investor Group on Climate Change, Insurance Council of Australia, Australian Banking Association and CSIRO. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes developed the 2022 Addendum.

All information developed is published under an open source licence by Climate-KIC Australia.

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