• Flood Re Climate Change Hub

    COP26 and COP27 saw world leaders come together to shape the world’s recovery from Covid-19, and its preparedness for a warmer and wetter planet – both now and in the future. However, whilst ‘Net Zero’ is critically important, it is adaptation and resilience that should now take centre stage.

    Climate change is already increasing the likelihood of flooding, with six of the wettest years in history having occurred since 1998. It is now the greatest natural disaster risk in the UK, with an estimated 1 in 6 properties in England and Wales at risk. Without urgent action, many more people will experience its devastating consequences in the years to come.

    Much of the debate is about efforts to slow the pace of climate change. This is essential – but it is equally important to recognise that we cannot stop it altogether and must take steps now to adapt; impacts of climate change are happening now. Further flooding is inevitable, but it is in our power to ensure that we are prepared for when it does occur.

    To reduce the risk of damage from flooding and build resilience, a broad set of measures are needed.

Build Back Better

Our Build Back Better proposals, which have Government support, are designed to reduce the cost and impact of future floods by including property resilience measures as part of flood repairs.

Our research found that not only will Build Back Better encourage PFR take-up, it will also reduce the severity and frequency of flood insurance claims. This will mean reduced costs for insurers and lower premiums for households. Furthermore, by driving innovation and raising standards across the market, Build Back Better will benefit the entire UK housing stock.

Mary Dhonau visits Karen in Appleby who has been flooded three times. In 2015, Karen was forced out of her home for eight months when 1.5m of water filled her home, which led to an insurance bill of £48k. Mary talks to Karen to find out how installing PFR enabled her to return home within only 24-hours of being flooded in 2020, with minimum disruption.

Road to COP26

Flood Re took the Floodmobile on tour around the UK, finishing in Glasgow ahead of COP26 to highlight the need for property adaptation and flood resilience measures. The Floodmobile showcases around 50 property flood resilience measures which are installed into the mobile facility.

Floodmobile tour press coverage

Flood Re tours the UK to raise awareness on flood resilience – Insurance Business UK 

Flood Re and Mary Dhonau visit Carlisle ahead of COP26 – News and Star 

Flood Re to tour flood-prone UK cities – Insurance Day 

Flood Re hits the road – Insurance today 

COP27 Sharm el-Sheikh

Flood Re CEO Andy Bord announces another step forward for Build Back Better.                                                                                                                        Three more insurers commit to provide resilient repairs after a flood

Andy Bord speaks at the World Climate Summit’s Insuring for Resilience panel discussion.                                                                                              Watch the session on demand

Cop27: Three more insurers join Flood Re’s ‘Build Back Better’ scheme     Read the Insurance Post article

Hiscox, RSA and Covéa back Flood Re property resilience scheme              Read The Insurer article 

COP27: Covea, Hiscox and RSA commit to ‘Build Back Better’                      Read the Global Reinsurance article

COP27: Covea, Hiscox & RSA commit to Flood Re’s Build Back Better scheme Read the Reinsurance News article

Flood Re COP26 News Hub

Business Reporter – A new route through the climate crisis, Distributed with the Economist (page 2)                                                                          Read the Report

COP26: Flood Re CEO warns that flood resilience is not being prioritised Read the Insurance Post article

Andy Bord COP26 blog: Insurance industry has a powerful role to play to protect against flooding.
Read the Insurance Post article

Andy Bord speaks at the New Statesman Media Group’s Making Sense of Net Zero event
Read New Stateman Media article

Flood Re calls for adaptation focus ahead of COP26’
Read the Intelligent Insurer article

Dermot Kehoe speaks at The Flood Expo panel on ‘What role will PFR play in the future of property insurance?’ #BuildBackBetter

Andy Bord, Chief Executive of Flood Re joins 80 businesses and business groups calling on the government to deliver a coherent climate strategy in the countdown to COP26 and beyond UN Climate Change Conference.
Read the Financial Times article

Andy Bord, Chief Executive of Flood Re writes in The Insurer
Industry needs to educate public on flood risk

Dermot Kehoe, communications and transition director at Flood Re, highlights issues the market must address as the risk of flood-related losses looks set to rise.
Read the full #RICSJournals article 



Flood Insurance: Ox-Cam Pathfinder Project interviews Flood Re

The Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder’s ‘Floodmobile’ tour highlighted that many people who live in an area considered ‘at risk’ of flooding hadn’t heard of Flood Re. The Government-backed flood insurance scheme is designed to support those living at risk of flooding access appropriate insurances for their homes, and several people we talked to during the tour didn’t know that they could obtain flood insurances. Mary Dhonau went to see Dermot Kehoe, Flood Re’s Communications and Transition Director, to find out a bit more about Flood Re and how it works.

Property Flood Resilience in York

York resident, Selena speaks about how flooding has affected her home and the range of different ways that they have adapted their property to make it more flood resilient.

Dermot Kehoe speaks on the Business Reporter’s Sustainability Talks round table