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Long-term investment and sustainable finance

Ensuring the investment our society needs to thrive

As the largest institutional investors in Europe, insurers are well placed to play a key role in financing the transition towards more sustainable economies. 

In fact, over recent years and on their own initiative, insurers have made significant sustainable investment commitments and contributed to the development of a number of sustainability initiatives and ESG strategies. 

Insurers also play an important role in underpinning growth and stability in Europe. Several factors have, however, combined to threaten insurers’ ability to make these important investments. For example, there is a shortage of suitable long-term sustainable investments, Solvency II creates unnecessary disincentives for long-term investment and new accounting rules could also create additional problems. 

This is why Insurance Europe is engaging with policymakers to ensure that current developments which impact insurers do not have unintended consequences for long-term and sustainable investment. 

  

Related statistics
European insurers investment portfolio
Total insurers' investment portfolio, €bnGrowth rate, %
20097153.7
20107696.85.4
20117779.90.4
20128481.48.1
2013925310.1
20149570.82.3
20159828.10.9
201610215.97.3
201710362.92.8
201810186.3-1.5
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Notes:
Nominal €-values at current end-of-year exchange rates
Nominal %-growth at constant end-of-year exchange rates 
Figures are for Domestic Market (business written on home territory by domestic companies, including subsidiaries + 3rd country branches), unless stated otherwise 
Size of the sample (as % of total premiums): 99.81%

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Cristina Mihai
Cristina Mihai
Head of prudential regulation & international affairs
Andrea Pintus
Andrea Pintus
Policy advisor, investments