Advancing sustainable energy solutions

Sustainable energy sources are essential to combat global warming. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions while, at the same time, satisfying the energy needs of a growing population, will be one of the great challenges we face in the coming decades. Sustainable energy projects continue to increase in scale and complexity, as do the risks associated with them.

Innovative risk transfer solutions help to drive investment in the sector by reducing risk for investors. Building on our long-standing commitment to sustainability, we have recently intensified our renewable energy research to help our clients and the global community to develop and establish secure energy supplies for the future.

Our notable achievements in 2014:

  • Together with the World Energy Council, we launched the three-year research project “Financing resilient energy infrastructure” (FREI) to identify and characterise the nature, frequency and severity of emerging risks in renewable energy installations. Its results will help to make energy infrastructure more reliable and thus encourage investment in the sector;
  • As a founding member, we launched the RE100 initiative with several partner companies, setting ourselves the goal of obtaining 100% of our energy from renewable sources. By increasing demand, this initiative will make it more viable for power companies to build renewable energy plants (for more details, see chapter “Using renewable power and the RE100 initiative”);
  • We extended Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ partnership with Solar Impulse on the world’s first round-the-world flight with a solar-powered airplane, underscoring our commitment to supporting cutting-edge innovations in the field of sustainability.

For more information see Sustainable energy