Save the date: FERMA Seminar 2014, 20-21 October 2014, SQUARE, Brussels

“No risk manager can be unaware of the issues of climate change,” says Helle Friberg, a member of the board of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) and chairman of the programme committee for the 2014 FERMA Seminar.

“At the Seminar on 20 and 21 October, we will announce the findings of the 2014 FERMA Benchmarking Survey. As part of this significant event, Danish meteorologist, TV weatherman and climate expert, Jesper Theilgaard will give a keynote speech on the subject of climate change and its implications for Europe and European business.”

Jesper Theilgaard

Jesper Theilgaard

Jesper Theilgaard is a familiar face in Denmark and increasingly in other parts of Europe. By background, he is a meteorologist and worked for the Danish national weather service, and later became a television weatherman. Today he is less often in front of the cameras with the forecast, but more as a commentator on the climate.

For Europe, Jesper neatly sums up the probable picture of climate change: too much water in northern Europe, not enough water in southern Europe. The accompanying hazards are storms with high winds and heavy rains. He intends to explain to the FERMA members why the issue has now become so serious and the consequences for risk managers and insurers. “I will be explaining the problems we need to face and considering what we can do.”

He often speaks with risk managers and insurers, and so he is well aware of their concerns. “There is an economic risk of doing something which turns out not to be necessary but if we don’t do enough it might be too late, not for the planet but for humanity.”

FERMA Executive Director Florence Bindelle comments, “Climate change will bring about a transformation in business as companies seek to manage hazards that we believe will intensify. They will also innovate, developing new products and processes that need less energy to produce or to use. In fact, this evolution is already underway, and while this is taking place, it seems a good time for the risk managers to think about what they want for their role in the business of the future, taking into account the combined factors that shape the global economic environment.”

Notes to journalists
Journalists are invited to attend the Seminar. For more information on the event see:
There will also be a table available for display of publications.

Lee Coppack, FERMA media relations
+44 208 318 0330/+44 7843 089904


Véronique De Hertogh, FERMA event organiser
+322 761 9435