Growing a greener tomorrow
BMO named to UN-convened group providing guidance to global banks on nature target setting
BMO’s Trees from Trades: Doing our part to create a more sustainable future
Driving innovations in tech to strengthen climate resilience with Climate Engine and Google Cloud
BMO ranks as most sustainable bank in North America for fourth consecutive year and eighth in the world
2022 Climate Report
BMO’s commitment to climate action
BMO’s Climate Ambition is our strategy to address climate-related risks and opportunities, consider climate-related issues when reviewing strategic choices and measure and report our progress against goals and targets. It’s anchored by our Purpose-driven Bold Commitment to be our client’s lead partner in the transition to a net-zero world, and comprises four pillars: Commitment, Capabilities, Client Partnership and Convening for Climate Action.
Introducing the BMO Climate Institute
Mobilizing sustainable finance
Taking definitive action
In 2019, we set a new target to reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 versus a 2019 baseline using science-based approaches, building on BMO’s Carbon Neutral operations (since 2010) and matching 100% of global electricity use with renewable energy purchases (since 2020). In 2022, we saw emissions reduction that surpassed the 2030 target, due in part to the implementation of improved cooling efficiency initiatives in our data centres, and largely attributable to COVID-19 related remote working conditions. Return to office could increase emissions in future years but we will continue to target a 30% reduction by 2030 from the 2019 baseline.
BMO joined the Net-Zero Banking Alliance in 2021, and we are committed to setting financed emissions reduction targets that we will seek to achieve by working with our clients.
Targeting net-zero financed emissions in our lending by 2050, in 2021 we began to quantify the GHG emissions associated with our lending activity in accordance with the PCAF Standard and have set intermediate targets for financed emissions reduction for select sectors. In 2022, we continued to track our financed emissions and expanded our sector coverage for quantification and disclosure. Our report on progress can be found in our 2022 Climate Report and we will report annually.
Committing to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB), and to align our business strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Climate Agreement and relevant national and regional frameworks. In February 2021, BMO became one of the first major Canadian banks to sign the PRB. Our initial report on progress can be found in our PRB 2022 Reporting and Self Assessment.
BMO GAM was a founding signatory of Net Zero Asset Managers Alliance and as a member of Climate Engagement Canada, is committed to leading engagement with Canadian corporations to promote a just transition to a net-zero economy. BMO GAM has set interim targets toward a goal of 100% net zero assets under management by 2050.
Working with partners to develop and share good practices related to biodiversity and ecosystem services in the extractive industries, as a member of the Equator Principles Steering Committee.
BMO Climate Institute
The BMO Climate Institute is a virtual hub that brings together science, analytics and expertise to unlock solutions to climate change and drive climate adaptation innovations.
As a purpose-driven global leader in sustainable finance, BMO promotes sustainability through lending, investing, underwriting and advising companies on their sustainability strategies.
2022 Sustainability Report and Public Accountability Statement
BMO’s latest Sustainability report outlines key environmental, social and governance areas of interest to our stakeholders and discloses our performance in these areas.