BMO Climate Institute
Takeaways from the BMO Climate Institute small and mid-sized businesses climate surveyLearn more
North America's role in future proofing tomorrow's food supplyRead the blog
Interview: Electrifying Canada and the competitive imperativeRead the blog
Advancing economic reconciliation in the low carbon transitionRead the blog
Summer blog: Have we reached a climate tipping point?Read the blog
New Lens – and opportunity - on a longstanding issueRead the blog
Calibrating for climate change: BMO Climate InstituteLearn more
The case for climate justice: Patricia Fuller in conversationListen to the podcast
Exploring the physical and transition risks facing food and agricultureLearn more
Unleashing the power of the financial system for transitionLearn more
Canada’s climate change plan only the first step on the journey to net zeroRead the blog
Retrofitting Canada's building sector: Efficiency Canada’s Corey Diamond in conversationListen to the podcast
Driving the climate change conversation: The BMO Climate InstituteRead the interview
Blog #3: Tracking resilience on the road to net zeroRead the blog
Mining’s Megawatt Future: Opportunity and ImperativeListen to the podcast
Tackling Climate Change in Metals and Mining: ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan in ConversationListen to the podcast
Decarbonizing Canada’s housing market: Unpacking barriers and solutions to align Canada’s housing sector with net-zero targetLearn more (PDF)
The Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – A discussion with Basile Van HavreListen to the podcast
Blog 12-part series: The Road to COP27Read the blog
Leveraging carbon markets to accelerate climate solutionsRead the blog
Mitigating the physical impacts of climate change with spatial financeLearn more
Part 1: Talking energy transition, climate risk & more with Bloomberg’s Patricia TorresListen to the podcast
Part 2: Talking energy transition, climate risk & more with Bloomberg’s Patricia TorresListen to the podcast
Dan Barclay & Hiro Mizuno Discuss the Green RevolutionListen to the podcast
The Risk of Permafrost Thaw on People, Infrastructure & Our Future ClimateListen to the podcast
Climate Change & Flood Risk: Implications for Real Estate MarketsListen to the podcast
Sustainable Innovation ForumLearn more
BMO to chair global Cross-Sector Biodiversity InitiativeRead the blog
CarbonCure and the role of industry in fighting climate changeListen to the podcast
The road to net zeroLearn more
BMO Call to Action at Sustainable Innovation ForumLearn more
Using geospatial big data for climate, finance and sustainabilityListen to the podcast
Exploring North America’s critical minerals advantage: Global Metals, Mining & Critical Minerals ConferenceLearn more
Through external engagement with industry, government, academia and investors, the Institute helps shape the transition market and climate debate to unlock climate solutions for both our clients and the bank. In turn, the Institute brings external developments, such as new government policies and technological advancements, back to BMO’s banking teams to inform and drive internal climate decision-making.
The Climate Institute strives to solve for climate-related challenges to unlock opportunities within three pillars:
The BMO Climate Institute models decarbonization opportunities by sector and develops sector-specific decarbonization roadmaps in the context of our financing activities. We evaluate mechanisms to unlock enablers for achieving net-zero aligned emission reductions and determine the cost and risk-sharing strategy between government, industry, and finance. This decision-useful information is leveraged to inform climate policy through multiple industry collaborative initiatives focused on realizing the low carbon transition.
By leveraging geospatial tools, scientific data and finance, the BMO Climate Institute identifies the physical risks to our clients’ assets and operations, including supply chain, resulting from climate change and evaluates economic opportunities to invest in enhanced resilience measures. Our analysis is based on our proprietary Climate Analytics Platform, which generates actionable insights and investment opportunities for our clients based on location-specific, unique risk factors.
The BMO Climate Institute convenes internal and external partners to support initiatives that increase economic opportunities for historically marginalized communities. Key to this work is identifying and advancing more inclusive business models, scaling the deployment of decarbonization technologies in priority areas, and ensuring active engagement and ownership for marginalized groups in emerging business opportunities associated with the low carbon transition. We also use the Platform to evaluate the extent to which climate hazards disproportionately impact vulnerable communities to inform strategies for our Fair and Responsible Banking team.
Impact of the EV Transition on Auto Retail: Electric vehicles are transforming the auto retail industry. An increase in demand for EVs means a change in traditional auto services. The BMO Climate Institute has developed a guide (for Canada and the U.S.) to equip clients with an understanding of how the EV transition will impact their business, and the opportunities that can be leveraged to increase their exposure in the EV market.
Decarbonizing Canada’s Housing Market: Canada is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its economy by 2050, and opportunities to reduce emissions in the housing market should be a key facet of this strategy. The BMO Climate Institute has released a White Paper exploring the challenges and opportunities to decarbonize Canada’s residential building sector and discussing what needs to be done by government and industry, in collaboration with banks and other mortgage lenders, to enable Canadian homeowners to be a part of the solution.