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  • Battery Energy Storage Systems

    How to store renewable energy in our power supply system? Renewables are not produced on demand. They are generated, when the sun shines, wind blows and reservoirs are full. But where do we store it, if we don't need it right away? Giant batteries are one way. But these come with their own risks. Download this infographic to see what the risks are and what can be done about them.

  • Insuring wind power in China against typhoons and earthquakes

    Renewable wind power is one of the fastest growing sectors in China, where installed capacity is set to almost quadruple by 2030. But wind-rich areas in China are exposed to earthquakes and typhoons with extreme wind gusts. So how to build reliable energy supplies for China’s future?

  • Offshore wind power in stormy seas

    Wind power is a booming form of clean energy supply. From 2013 to 2015, installed capacity globally grew by 25%, and projections for 2030 nearly quadruple this capacity again. The total asset value of wind farms is expected to be USD 2.1 trillion by then. As offshore wind is steady and does not occupy any valuable land resources, this is where we expect the vast majority of future developments to be. But storms at sea are more severe than on land. So how will wind farms fare in stormy seas?

  • Wind farms: harvesting energy on shaky grounds and in stormy seas

    Renewable wind energy is one of the fastest growing sectors in the power generation industry worldwide, with installed capacity set to nearly quadruple by 2030. But many of the future wind farms will have to be built in areas exposed to earthquakes and storm gusts. What does this mean for the reliability of our energy supplies?

  • Building resilience in the eye of the storm – Agriculture in the Caribbean and Central America

    By 2050, the farmers of our world are expected to have to feed a staggering 9.8 billion people, up from 7.5 billion today. With fertile soils and a conducive climate, Central America and the Caribbean are uniquely positioned to supply farm products to growing markets worldwide. But the outdoor business of farming is exposed to many perils in the region: hurricanes, droughts, floods and storms, all of which are set to increase with climate change. So what needs to be done to harvest the economic opportunities that lie ahead? Find out on the following pages where the region stands today and what measures will ensure resilient and profitable farming in the Caribbean and Central America.

  • Insuring natural catastrophe risk: How public-private partnerships could make Europe more resilient Conference Report

    Losses from natural catastrophes are rising sharply both in Europe and throughout the world. However, the role insurance industry plays in helping communities get back on their feet following such disasters could be far stronger if it were able to join forces with the public sector. On their own, insurers cannot hope to bridge a protection gap that is becoming ever wider. At a recent industry conference hosted by Swiss Re, European re/insurance executives, representatives of insurance industry associations and stakeholders from the public sector, examined public-private partnership models already in operation and their significance for government policies.

  • 4/2017 - sigma 4/2017: Insurance: adding value to development in emerging markets

    Losses from natural catastrophes are rising sharply both in Europe and throughout the world. However, the role insurance industry plays in helping communities get back on their feet following such disasters could be far stronger if it were able to join forces with the public sector. On their own, insurers cannot hope to bridge a protection gap that is becoming ever wider. At a recent industry conference hosted by Swiss Re, European re/insurance executives, representatives of insurance industry associations and stakeholders from the public sector, examined public-private partnership models already in operation and their significance for government policies.

  • sigma 4/2017: Insurance: adding value to development in emerging markets

    Emerging markets have been a major driver of global insurance premium growth over the last two decades. In 2016, emerging markets accounted for 20% of global premiums, up from 5% two decades ago. Nevertheless, many individuals and enterprises in emerging markets remain under- or uninsured, and therefore unprotected against external shocks arising from illnesses, natural disasters and accidents. These shocks can have lasting negative consequences for both economic growth and human development.

  • Global Economic Outlook

    Economic growth in the US remains on track this year to be close to 2%, an improvement over last year's dismal performance of 1.5%. The short-term indicators have been mixed recently, with the manufacturing PMI up to a robust 58.8 in August, but industrial production barely climbing.

  • US Economic Outlook

    Economic growth in the US remains on track this year to be close to 2%, an improvement over last year's dismal performance of 1.5%. The short-term indicators have been mixed recently, with the manufacturing PMI up to a robust 58.8 in August, but industrial production barely climbing.

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