Bank of Canada: Fossil Fuels May Lose Much of Their Value

The move to a low-carbon economy involves complex structural adjustments, creating new opportunities as well as transition risk. Investor and consumer preferences are shifting toward lower-carbon sources and production processes, suggesting that the move to a low-carbon economy is underway. Transition costs will be felt most in carbon-intensive sectors, such as the oil and gas sector. If some fossil fuel reserves remain unexploited, assets in this sector may become stranded, losing much of their value. At the same time, other sectors such as green technology and alternative energy will likely benefit.

Financial System Review – 2019: Vulnerability 5: Climate Change

Bank of Canada Warns ‘Fire Sales’ of Carbon-Intensive Assets Could ‘Destabilize’ Financial System