Un-insuring Trans Mountain

The insurance industry is becoming increasingly aware that climate change is an existential threat to its entire business model. From hurricanes to wildfires, insurance payouts for damage caused by climate-related severe weather events have increased exponentially in the past decade – and are only growing, year after year.

In response, some of the world’s biggest insurance companies have chosen to stop insuring the worst polluting fossil fuels – first coal, and now the high-carbon Alberta tar sands, which have been described as a “climate bomb."

The Trans Mountain pipeline, if built, would ship more than 890,000 barrels per year of highly polluting tar sands crude to the B.C. coast, increasing Canada’s climate emissions and making it impossible to meet our Paris commitments. So when Trans Mountain's insurance came up for renewal in August 2019, we reached out to the companies insuring the project to make sure they understood its full climate impacts. 

We did it again in 2020, 2021 and 2022 with a letter, like this one, to the CEO's of the insurance companies that were backing the Trans Mountain pipeline as of August 2020. We wanted to know if they’d commit to stop insuring tar sands projects, beginning with Trans Mountain.

In April 2021, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) approved Trans Mountain’s request to keep its insurers’ identities hidden going forward. Although we do not have the most recent certificate of insurance, we are continuing to target the insurers that were previously linked to the project – and will do so until they publicly announce they will cut ties with Trans Mountain.

Our main campaign targets are currently Liberty Mutual, insurers in the Lloyd's of London marketplace, Starr Companies, and WR Berkley, but we are keeping our eyes on a long list of companies that have yet to rule out Trans Mountain.

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